Impressions

Today found us on a road trip to Ottawa to the National Art Gallery. What lured us? The Monet Exhibit of Bridges…a glimpse into tomorrow.
Que puis-je dire des œuvres magnifiques de Monet qui nous sont présentés par notre gallérie nationale? Impressions incluent les effets de lumière, l’agencement des couleurs et les techniques séduisant. Aucun doute que l’expérience valait le déplacement.
I was impressed with the display, the artistry of Monet and the 52 minute movie. The building is also most magnificent. How fortunate to live so close to our nation’s capital! Today’s day trip had an additional benefit. I travelled with our watercolour group’s president. Time spent with Gillian is always a treat.
Les tableaux présentaient les ponts de Monet. Outre que la structure et son utilité, les ponts représentent un lien entre deux places ou deux temps. Ils suggèrent du mouvement. Le pont d’Argenteuil était victime de la guerre Franco-Prussien. La stabilité de sa construction est devenue une cible pour détruire la possibilité de progression vers un endroit au loin (dans ce cas, Paris).
Bridges can be blown up to destroy quick access routes. Bridges can also be extended to link two parties, two places and two points of view. Bridges seem to be dynamic indeed! However I chose my photo of a sunset over the Cardigan River to accompany this blog. The collection included a painting of a dynamic sun and its reflection, painted in London. The bridge and buildings were removed by Monet in a revision. Traces can still be found on X-ray. To the naked eye, no bridge is present. Why was this beautiful piece included?
En effet le tableau du coucher de soleil n’avait pas de pont visible. Pourquoi l’inclure? Revenons aux idées déjà étalées. Le soleil couchant lie aujourd’hui à demain. C’est un moment de la journée ou la lumière change rapidement. La beauté, les couleurs, le changement rapide sont évident.
The Sunset picture captures a moment in time. A sunset can be dramatic and beautiful, but is fragile in time as it descends to the west. Sunsets like this one over the Cardigan River (or sunrises) bridge day and night, link people to stop in admiration, and to mark the passage of time. Rarely during the day are we as aware of the movement of the sun. A sunset is not a solid structure like a bridge. But the movement, reflections over water and the variegation of colours meld well with Monet’s bridges in this exhibition.

Profitez d’une visite avant le 14 février. My impression is that a drive to Ottawa before Feb. 14 is to be recommended!

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