Thursday 27 June 2013

Monet's Garden at the NGV

It was with great excitement that I heard Monet's Garden from The Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris would be a of Melbourne's Winter Masterpieces this year. Wow I never thought it would ever be possible in my lifetime to experience his beautiful pieces of art. 

Sir N and I have spent a wonderful month exploring his life and his work.  On Friday last week we took a trip into Melbourne to experience his artwork for ourselves.

When we entered the gallery we were greeted with a beautiful art piece created especially for the exhibition titled: Clinamen by Celeste Boursier-Mougenot. The children really delighted in looking and listening to this exhibit.  It is made of white porcelain bowls which float upon a blue pool.  The pool water circulates gently causing the bowls to touch each other which in turn creates pretty acoustic sound scape's.

From here we proceeded towards the exhibition.  The entrance has a beautiful wall size picture of Monet in his garden and potted colour adorned the area.

We hired a video guide for each of the children and proceeded to explore the art works of Monet. There is a Trail for Kids through the exhibition.

We spent over three hours exploring Monet's art works. There are three rooms displaying art works by Monet and a couple by Renoir.  In the third room you can see his artist pallet and glasses.  The fourth room has a digital time line of his life and work.  The fifth and final room is a visual feast of his home and garden in Giverney. I found a short documentary on YouTube to give you some insight on Monet's garden.

Tomorrow I will share the resources we used to study Monet and his interesting life.



  1. Wow-this would be fascinating although being in London we are a bit spoilt with Monet paintings in the National Gallery.

    1. It was fascinating and we really enjoyed our journey through his life and work. I hope to go to London one day so look forward to seeing these and maybe a cup of tea with you :)

  2. Good on you for going! I can't wait until we get in there. :)

    Looking forward to seeing what you used in preparation for this excursion.

    1. Oh C you will enjoy it. Be sure to visit the gallery website and use the resources there before you go to see the actual paintings

      My resource list will be up on the blog in the morning :)

  3. I have been wondering whether to pop over the Tasman to see this exhibition. Monet is my daughters and mine favourite artist to-date. Closely followed by Georgia O'Keefe. You are so lucky.

  4. This sounds wonderful! I'm jealous, because Monet is my favorite artist and I would love to someday view his works in person! I'm glad to have found your blog!


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