Sunday, September 2, 2007

Monet at the Pushkin Museum

This is the latest step of artist Jay Rolfe on his Journey From Starving Artist To 21st Century Picasso. You may view some of Jay Rolfe's unique artistic idea, his 3-D Shaped Stretched Canvas paintings, on his website at

There are a number of fine paintings by Claude Monet at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, 11 to be exact. One is a large painting of a somewhat different subject for Monet, titled "Luncheon on the Grass," painted in 1865-1866. It was apparently meant to be a large but "modest" reply to Manet's large and scandalous"Luncheon on the Grass" of 1863 which had been rejected by the Salon that year as indecent. Monet's painting is impressive in its size, detail, and casual positions of many of its subjects, as if they were captured by a candid photo. While "Luncheon on the Grass" is not my favorite of the Monet paintings at the Pushkin, it is the most unusual.

Here's a photo of Monet's painting at the Pushkin, and one of Manet's painting which is in the Musee d'Orsay in Paris. Here is a link to Manet's painting.

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