For Monet, painting water was a grand obsession and he was quick to have a boat built and equipped with a semi-enclosed cabin that he could use as a studio in which to sit and paint. In the summer of … More
As a teenager, at school in the port city of Le Havre, Monet preferred to draw caricatures of his classmates and teachers rather than pay attention in class. He became so skilled at these that he expanded his subjects to … More
While visiting the Universal Exhibition of 1889 in Paris, Monet first saw the new varieties of hybrid waterlilies being bred by the botanist Joseph Latour-Marliac. Shortly after Monet commenced work on his pond, in 1894, he placed an order for … More
Did you know that the invention of the collapsible metal paint tube in the 19th century, allowing artists to keep their oil paints both fresh and portable, made it possible for the Impressionists to pursue painting en plein air, or … More
If your music was an artwork what would it look like? Russell Drysdale’s The Cricketers (1948). Who’s your favourite artist/artwork? Some that come to mind are great Australian artists Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd, Albert Tucker and Brett Whiteley. … More
Describe your sound in 5 words or less? Gallows gospel blues. If your music was an artwork what would it look like? A Sidney Nolan faked by Clive Palmer. Who’s your favourite artist/artwork? Dead heat between … More
It could be heavy work, carrying around all the canvases needed to capture the varied effects of rapidly changing light and atmosphere. Monet overcame this predicament in various ways. On one visit to the Normandy coast he hired a local fisherman to carry … More
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