January 5, 2014
I was browsing the Met’s collection of Monets on line, looking for something else, when I found this Monet that I’ve never seen before — by which I mean that I have never seen it reproduced despite my having perused a gazillion books on Monet over the past 30 odd years.
I wonder why they keep it so secret.
I have wanted to paint something like this, have tried my hand at my own version of a similar idea, as for instance in this large drawing here. And I knew about this sort of image via works by other artists, like Wolf Kahn — or even by the backdrop in the National Gallery’s large Degas, where the theatre set features a rather “Monet-like,” broadly conceived landscape. JMW Turner, of course, did things like this — probably where Monet got his idea.
Or perhaps he got his idea by looking at the backgrounds of Claude Lorraine.
Who knows where Monet got his idea. But there’s certainly no use in the Met keeping this picture under wraps because the idea already escaped long ago.