Monet at Giverny by Bernard Plossu
Musée des impressionnismes Giverny
99 Rue Claude Monet
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A collection of photos documenting Claude Monet’s home and garden at Giverny has recently gone up on display at the Musée des Impressionnismes in Giverny, featuring the work of French photographer Bernard Plossu. Having first captured the property and its surroundings in a winter setting and later retuning to photograph it during the spring, Plossu was faced with the challenge of depicting as iconographic a place as Giverny, known principally for its association to Monet and the impressionistic paintings it inspired.
The exhibition features 60 plates, the soft-focus and atmospheric effect of the coloured prints being achieved via the Fresson method, whereby coal is used in the printing process, yielding them a special luminosity and grain. As a result, Plossu’s coloured photographs in particular are imbued with a certain slowness and softness that remind one of Giverny’s association to Monet without necessarily alluding to it directly. One is encouraged to rediscover Monet and his work through Plossu’s photographs, in all their atmospheric solemnity and simple beauty.
For more on this exhibition access the Musée de Impressionnismes’ website.