Monday, October 5, 2009


Claude Monet, Agapanthus 1914-26.

I love the city in the fall. The crush of summer tourists are a distant memory and the stifling heat of August has been replaced by a crisp autumn breeze. In the autumn, the city comes alive.  Stroll through Central Park and savor the flavors of fall-the sweet smell of street cart peanuts and chestnuts fill the air. It's the perfect time to take in some of the wonderful things that make the city so special.

Sunday morning I grabbed a coffee at Dean and DeLuca and headed over to one of my favorite museums, MOMA. I can spend hours strolling the galleries: there is always something new to see and something to learn.  I love  French Impressionist works and had been anticipating the Monet's Water Lilies Exhibit for quite some time.

The exhibit did not disappoint. MoMA put all three of Monet's beloved waterlily paintings on view for the first time since 2001 along with a recent acquisition and two guest paintings. The collection was breathtaking!

I highly recommend the Mornings with Monet program. On selected Sundays during the exhibits run (Oct. 18, Nov.8, Nov. 25 and Dec.20), the museum is offering group tours before the museum is open to the public. The one hour tour examines the life and works of the artist with an Art Historian as your guide. 

The mural-sized triptych (Water Lilies, 1914-26)  depicts the majestic plants found in the Japanese-style pond that Monet cultivated on his property in Giverny, France.

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