Museums are always a source of wonder and inspiration for me. I introduce art in a big way to my preschool class, so when I’m inspired, they are, too. This week I visited the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire. A hidden gem.
Now, imagine one of the best art museums, such as the MFA (Museum of Fine Art) in Boston. What if that museum were a little smaller (less overwhelming), yet had it all- from Matisse to Hopper to O’Keefe to Picasso to Sargeant… and more. Oh, and of course if they also had beautiful glasswork, furniture, silver, and the best of modern art as well as 15th century art.
That is the Currier Museum of Art.
Their current exhibit is Monet, four pieces that depict his art from one of his earliest works of Impressionism to one of his later pieces.
There’s nothing better than ‘the real deal’, seeing it live. Words escaped me, and I resorted to behaving like a child who was thunderstruck at meeting Santa Claus, and in a candy store, all at the same time.
It was that good.
In progression of Monet’s Art:
This was the Monet I knew, the one I had seen in so many books. This was the art piece I have shown to my preschoolers. I stared at it in wonder, because I was seeing it live. I got up close to look at the brush strokes. Imagine that, looking at Monet’s brush strokes.
Monet had mastered Impressionism. His comment on this painting was, “This will perhaps make the enemies of blue and pink scream a little because it is just this brilliant, this fantastic light that I’m trying to get.” -Claude Monet- (1884)
This piece was done in 1900, Monet’s later and seasoned years of Impressionism painting. He had achieved what he was looking to accomplish with light. Four paintings over forty years, together by themselves in one space; it is a living biography.
I will need to return to the Currier Museum of Art again and again. I can’t wait to share my enthusiasm with my students when the new school year begins.
“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.” -E.B. White-