Leaving the Modern Art gallery, we made our way to the #Kimbell Art Gallery to see the #Monet exhibition. Although it had only just opened, the queue was already stretching along the outside. In the end it took an hour, stood outside, in 90 degree heat, before we entered the exhibition However, the staff were aware of this and they gave out umbrellas and cold drinks to help us standing in the queue.
Once we had entered, we were able to listen, on our headsets, to information about the exhibition that was based on his garden at Giverny and mostly painted in his later years. Inside, the first rooms were quite crowded, but as people made their way through the exhibition, it became much easier to view the paintings.
The subject matter was fascinating, starting with a selection of his early paintings from Lilies in pools and then the more well known works, such as the bridge; finally finishing with some of his floral paintings.
That so many stunning paintings could be produced, from such a subject matter, yet alone from someone in his 80's with failing eyesight, and who still spent so many hours painting outside, was most impressive. The way he captured the changing colours resonated with me, as did the looseness of his brushstrokes.
It was also interesting to see how his colour palette changed in later works, often being brighter. It is speculated that this may have been after he had his cataracts removed.
An exhibition that was well worth the money and queue and again showed how people have such a fascination with the work of the Impressionists.
We have been very lucky in our travels that both in Vancouver and Singapore, as well as New York and Amsterdam we have come across different exhibitions featuring different aspects of their work.
It was also interesting, that a town such as Fort Worth, beknown for its cattle ranching heritage, had such great art galleries and again showed how American's are prepared to sponsor and support the arts.