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27 June, 2009

Monet's Water Lilies...or...Day at the Museum

I am soooo excited because my grandson and I got to take a little trip to Monet's gardens in Giverny, France this week! Well, not really…but as close as I can afford right now! We went to see Monet’s water lilies on exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia! Here they are...

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The painting is called Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond and consists of three huge panels forming a giant triptych forty feet long!! Aren’t they beautiful?? You will have to imagine them end to end to get the full effect! And I am extra excited because…

monet w lilies I got to introduce my 8 year old grandson to Monsieur Monet in person…so to speak! He has been a big fan since he was in kindergarten, thanks to a wonderful art teacher. Also, notice that you can see from this photo just how big the panels really are!

IMG_0527 I have promised him a trip to Giverny, France to see Monet’s gardens in person, too. How did he react to the paintings? He just kept saying amazing! over and over. We had to drop back by the water lilies two more times before we left the museum! In the gift shop, he asked for a book about Monet, a journal with water lilies on it so he can take notes and draw his own water lilies (his words), and a magnet of the painting for his fridge! Amazing!


  1. It's such fun when grandchildren express a real interest in something.

    My 7 year old grandson has been totally absorbed in Ancient Egypt for about 3 years. Together we made a mummy from a game chicken.

    Monet sounds a lot more fun than making mummies but somehow I don't think Caleb would go for Monet.

    I hope you have many wonderful adventures with your grandson.

  2. LOOOOOVE Monet!!!

    Yes, any fruit would be a great addition. Add during the last minute or two of churning.

  3. Sounds like you have a future art collector, dealer, or maybe even a future artist on your hands. How wonderful!!!

  4. Thanks for reminding me of pickled peaches, they're the best.

    I should have said Cornish Hen rather than game chicken. Yes, it was real. Quite an experience.

  5. That is wonderful Debbie.I think Monet is such a beautiful painter. He is one of my favorites because of his colours and flowers.

  6. Magnifique, Debbie! Et tout ça avec la nouvelle taille - c'est parfait! Peut-être A sera artiste un jour?! Linda

  7. What a wonderful experience to share with your grandson! I love the colors of a Monet! Thanks for sharing! God Bless! Lauralu :)

  8. Amazing is correct....everyone before they die should be able to go see his home and gardens in person...They are truly amazing..I'm glad your grandson got to experiance such wonderful art and i bet you can't wait to get him to France...have a great weekend...

  9. We have been having a truly lovely visit with our daughter and her family. Our granddaughter is so precious!! It is hard when they are so far away so we savor every moment. I have been able to cook a lot because our daughter is not feeling up to it since her dental surgery. My hubby and son-in-law are loving it though!
    I saw a traveling Monet show in Boston several years ago and some at the New York Metroplitan Museum of Art...spectacular. My fave artist and the Boston trip was a gift from my husband who took me there. How wonderful for you that your grandson is so interested.

  10. Isn't it wonderful that your grandson can already appreciate the beautiful work of Monet at his young, tender age?! It is always interesting to me to observe what sparks the interest of a child and then watching to see how it influences him/her throughout their life. And I'm sure many years from now he will have very fond memories of the time he spent at the Monet exhibit with his grandma. :)

  11. Oh Debbie, he is such a precious and smart little boy and you are so wonderful to introduce him to the fine arts. What a gift to be able to see Monet at his age and appreciate it. Maybe he's a budding artist in his own time. I'm so glad you're getting to spend so much time with him this summer. Great fun and memories. Hugs, Marty

  12. Hi Debbie, I LOVE Monet. Thanks for taking your grandson and me on the little tour. Won't it be wonderful when you and he do make that trip to Giverny!


  13. Debbie - What a lucky young man he is to have a grandmother to enrich his little life. There was a wonderful art teacher at the first elementary school where I began my teaching career. She provided those children with unique experiences in all art forms and mediums. Those little second grade children could carry on an infomed discussion of art and artists. Sorry - didn't mean to go on so long. Grandchildren are God's true gift. Have a great weekend.


  14. Debbie, Has your grandson read "Linnea in Monet's Garden" by Cristina Bjork? If not, it would be a wonderful follow up to your trip to the High. It is the story of a little girl who travels with a family friend to les jardins de Giverny to see the water lily paintings. The illustrations are really lovely and the story is very sweet. I have read it with all three of mes enfants. One of these days I hope to take them to see the gardens in person. Peut-etre un de ces jours! For now we are planning our own trip downtown when my mom comes to visit :-)

  15. How wonderful when a grandparent has positive influence on their grandkid. Congrats on a great field trip for you both; now save up for that real trip!! I would love to take my 12-yr old granddaughter to Paris in a couple of years. Sally

  16. What a wonderful experience!!! I am sure you both enjoyed this wonderful exhibit!!!

    Monet was such a talented artist..I love the paintings he did of the lovely and serene!!!

    I am so glad that you shared a small piece of your wonderful time with your grandson!!! Thank you!!!


  17. Deb,
    What an "amazing" little man you have for a grandson. Oh how I would love to meet this gifted child. What a lucky grandson to have you expose him to such wonderful culture. Thanks for sharing with us your visit to Monets water lilies!

  18. I think it's wonderful that you took him on that adventure! :) I think it's so important for kids to grow up with an appreciation for the arts!! Good for you for starting him off early. :)

  19. ~How beautiful Debbie!

    I'm so happy you had a special day with him.

    Have a joyous Sunday.
    ~Melissa :)

  20. Hi Debbie! How wonderful that your grandson already appreciates art so early in life. His grandma trained him well....Christine

  21. Amazing is the perfect word to describe your little man (I'm sure I don't need to tell you that, though!) I'm thrilled that he is already developing an appreciation for art. What a wonderful boy, and how special that you got to share this day with him! Hugs, Kat

  22. Oh, aren't grandsons so much fun?? You little guy sounds great!

  23. Monet is a great way to introduce children to art! What a wonderful exhibit and experience. :D Jewel

  24. Hey Debbie, thanks for dropping by to say hello. I have been a bit of a stranger in blogland lately!! I am not sure where the time goes, but it does go by so fast!

    I just love this post! I am so impressed that your eight year old grandson is so interested in art. I think it is so important for young children to be introduced to culture. Well, it sounds like the two of you are having a wonderful summer.

    Have a wonderful Sunday, Nicole

  25. I just read yesterday that they were having this exhibit and we want to go!

    That's wonderful that your Grandson has a interest in the arts! Hopefully it'll be a live long one!

    BTW I have NO AC!! Yep, it broke yesterday and apparently there's alot of that going around since I can't get anyone out here until Tuesday! Pray for clouds!!


  26. Debbie, I enjoyed this post as well as the previous one on Giverny. How absolutely wonderful to stay right across the street. I'm going to remember that!
    Do you have a copy of Monet's House by Heide Michels? If not, you need this book. It is a wonderful peek into every room of Monet's Giverny.

  27. Hi, Debbie! I have always been a fan of Monet, Renoir...the classics. What a great idea to introduce your grandson to one of the greats.
    We went to the pool with our grandson this afternoon...whew! the heat!

  28. How wonderful to hear that an 8 year old has such an appreciation for beautiful art. Debbie, those memories you are creating may lead him to become an artist, or at least instill a life-long love of art. What a wonderful world you are introducing him to. laurie

  29. Debbie, how wonderful that you got to experience this togther! I was just looking at all of my art books lined up, and most of them are of the French Impressionists. Love them SO much! I wish I could have gone with you...


    SHeila :-)


Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie