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An interview with Claude Monet 1924; The water lilies of Giverny

An old book by Marc Elder gives a remarkable insight into the creation of Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny, as he wrote it after visiting Giverny and interviewing the great man himself.  Their meeting was in 1924, just two years before Monet died age 86, on 5 December 1926. In our extract today we hear about…

The painter of pretty Normandy; Louis Aston Knight – Picture post!

There are fashions in art, and carefully laid out histories that link artistic movements together. And then there are the other paintings. Pretty things, that people hang on wall and like to look at without thinking very much.  Except perhaps to remember clear rivers touched by softly draping willow branches, on warm summer evenings.  Or…

American soldier in Normandy; drawings from 1944

Victor Alfred Lundy was 21 years old when he was shipped out to Europe, in August 1944.  D-Day and the army had changed his plans from architecture, to the infantry. Enlisting Victor enlisted in the army in December of 1941, the day after the bomb was dropped on Pearl Harbour. He was accepted into the Army Specialized…

Raoul Dufy, Honfleur and the girl in the red dress

Three years after this card was posted in 1926, artist Raoul Dufy saw a little girl running along the Honfleur jetty in a red dress. As her dress flipped and swirled with each speedy step, Raoul had a moment of artistic clarity.  He would later recall how this patch of colour had ‘stayed longer on his retina than the…

The resurrection of a talking Church in Ménil-Gondouin

A determined Abbé Here are two men happy in their work.  Together they are making the world a slightly better place and their satisfaction is clear.  Not a selfish, self-interested satisfaction but the joy of creating something that will enhance the lives of the people they love. Well, if there is a bit of pride…

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