It is too beautiful to be painted! It is untranslatable! ― Claude Monet
This year in May we went to Venice for the first time, some 104 years after Monet and his wife Alice made the same trip. By then he was 68 years old and although he traveled to Italy before, this was his first time visiting La Serenísima, which left him spell bounded - I’m afraid I will only bring back beginnings that will be nothing else but souvenirs for me , he said, only trials and beginnings.
On his birthday I have to share some of these, not only because we too fell under the spell of this truly incomparable city, but also because these days Venice is in grave peril, being 70 % under water, with tourists practically swimming on Piazza San Marco. How that looks you can see here http://goo.gl/5OsJx ; as for Monets - the whole trip was documented by Alice Monet who wrote extensive letters to her daughter about it, which were later published. As for these trials and beginningsas he called them, they were exhibited four years later - 100 years ago exactly - in Bernheim-Jeune gallery in Paris, after he retouched them. Paul Signac praised these works, calling them the highest expression of his art. As it is common with Monet and indeed with the Impressionists - these were done in series, with many motives repeating many times over. Enjoy :)