Saturday, March 13, 2010

Post impressionist's impressions

We headed down the highway to our nation's capital on Thursday to see the exhibition on that's on now at the National Art Gallery - Masterpieces from Paris, Van gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and beyond. Post impressionism from the Musee D'orsay.
Rebekah was sort of excited because she knows a bit about Monet,Van Gogh and Cezanne, thanks to Charlotte Mason (as do I too actually, thanks Charlotte!)
In fact she brought along her Picnic with Monet board book and a Van Gogh art calendar that we got last year.
I just love how homeschooling Charlotte Mason style has enriched my life - yes, MY life!
How else would I have enjoyed this wonderful exhibition.
We chose to go during the week as the crowds thronging there from all around the country is pretty amazing apparently, none like this gallery has ever seen before!
Thankfully we only had to wait twenty minutes in the queue!
Was the long trip there and back in a day worth it? Absolutely! There's nothing quite like seeing all those amazing paintings in real life. I mean, there they were on the wall a foot away from us, we could easily reach out and touch them. They looked like they had been painted just yesterday not a hundred or so years ago! Stunning, amazing, beautiful, fantastic, those are some of the words that came out of our mouths that day!
The highlight for me was "Starry night over the Rhone" by Van Gogh.

To stand there and see the amazing detail up close in the painting and how he used his paint brush to capture the effects of the night sky and the reflection in the water below was just amazing!
The man was a genius!

Ron's favourite was Monet's Water Lily Pond:

And to keep the kids happy they had a family activity room and one section of it set up like Van Gogh's "Bedroom at Arles".
Rebekah like most kids has always loved this one.

And here's Rebekah in the painting! :)

Pretty cool, don't you think?

Got any plans to go visit? You won't be disappointed!


Anonymous said...

What a wonderful outing! I'm with your husband - I love Monet's Water Lily Pond.

Is that your daughter's bedroom? Amazing!

Have a wonderful weekend,
Love and Blessings,
Jillian ♥

Amy said...

Oh man, I'm so jealous!! Right before Jase and I got engaged, we got to visit the Orsay together in Paris. Those paintings are just incredible, and I'd love to see them again!

How much longer is the exhibition on? I'd love to sneak over there for a quick trip. Glad you guys had a great time!! :)

Jimmie said...

Oh my word! I love how you can walk into Van Gogh's bedroom. What an ingenious exhibit.

joyfulmum said...

Jillian, I'm sorry, I wasn't clear on my post: there was a family activity room set up and part of it was set up like the bedroom in Van Gogh's painting. So that's where we took that picture.

Amy, I heard they've just extended it for two more weeks till Apr 18th. However, avoid weekends and school holidays as the queues are incredibly long on those days!

Jamie, thanks for stopping by, I had a quick look at your lovely blog. I'm glad to find another CM homeschooling mum, I will keep an eye out for your posts in future.

Sarah said...

Hey Rosemary! Fantastic, I would absolutley love to go, we are about 4 hours from Canberra, and I don't think we will make it though! I really love Van Gogh's work too...just outstretched detail!


Michelle said...

We are planning on going in a week or so. I was baulking out the crowds but I think we will make the effort. Thanks for your post!

Jo said...

Hi Rosemary - my first visit to your blog. I went to this exhibition twice (I live in Canberra) and loved it both times (but not the queue on my second visit with my brother!!). I had studied art at school so I was thrilled to see these great pieces of art in "real life".