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Monday, August 6, 2012

Monet's Garden at the Botanical Gardens in New York

Saturday (a scorcher) Kathy and I visited the Monet exhibition at the Botanical Gardens in New York.

Sad to say, I found the exhibit disappointing.  This is not to say that visiting the gardens is a waste of time or money.  The Botanical Gardens are a great way to spend an afternoon.

However, the Monet themed exhibit simply did not live up to expectations.  What I had expected was a recreation of the actual gardens.  What the exhibit is is simply an arrangement of flowers that Monet's garden contained.  This is all nicely arranged but unimpressive.

Likewise, there are but two Monet paintings on display.  These supplemented by dozens of enlarged photographs of the painter and his garden.  The photographs of his current garden are bland.  The exhibit also features a BBC video about Monet which is available on YouTube and is a snoozer.

They would have been far better served showing Waldemar Januszczak's superior take on the Impressionists.

Here's a takeaway;






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