If you don’t have the luxury of strolling the paths and reflecting on the ponds of water lilies that Claude Monet enjoyed at Giverny in Normandy, you have a delightful opportunity for the next best experience. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center will present “Painting the Modern Garden Monet to Matisse” on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m., July 24th in air conditioned pleasure.
As one of the greatest Impressionist painters of his time, Monet reveled in his gardens, using them as inspiration for his incredible works of art, capturing the light and texture and color of his beloved water lilies, in pink, white, yellow and purple, on hundreds of canvases. As a horticulturalist, he brought art into the open air, exploring nature and utilizing the bright sun to create magical reflections.
Monet has been said to make a “symphony” of his gardens and influencing fellow artists like Van Gogh, Sargent, Pissaro and Matisse, along the way. This film will focus on an exhibit of his work at The Royal Academy of Arts in London and reveal how Monet encouraged the flowers and waters at Giverny to be the site and subject for artists to paint and express their feelings and fascinations.
For tickets ($15), call The Kate, 300 Main Street, Old Saybrook at 860-510-0453 or 877-503-1286 or online at www.katharinehepburntheater.org. Now is also the time to make your reservations for The Kate’s Annual Summer Gala honoring Dick Cavett with the Spirit of Katharine Hepburn Award on Saturday, August 27.
Monet says it all: “Perhaps I owe it to flowers that I became an artist."