“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” – Claude Monet.
Recently I traveled to Melbourne to see Monet’s Garden at the National Gallery of Victoria, an amazing selection of over sixty canvases by Claude Monet, the father of French Impressionism. The exhibition charted his most famous period from 1883 when he lived in Giverny in France. As the exhibition has now moved on – the next best thing is to go to Giverny to see where he painted his water-lily ponds and flower gardens – or buy the book (one also for Kids)!
This visit to the Monet exhibition reminded me of a unique experience in France earlier this year. A visit to an original stone quarry in Les Baux-de-Provence (Southern France) set in the heart of the Alpilles regional country park.
The Carrieres de Lumieres an extraordinary multi-media show “Monet, Renoir….Chagall: Journeys around the Mediterranean” was displayed in this unique environment.
We walked inside the quarry and were totally immersed in images projected onto all the surfaces of the rock. The ground is completely covered, too, and becomes a vast carpet of images; think of Monet’s lilies moving under your feet. The music is adapted to the characteristics of the images. The show is open daily and costs €9.50 per person.
A short drive in the mountains and we were at the listed heritage village, Les Baux-de-Provence, that has won titles such as “one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France”. The village is extremely popular with tourists and boasts shops, cafes and galleries.
National Gallery of Victoria
180 St Kilda Rd
Southbank VIC 3006
Tel: (03) 8620 2222
Carrieres de Lumieres
Baux de Provence, France