Sunday, November 9, 2014

Hole in the Head

Last week I went to a lecture and then saw the exhibition
"Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River"
at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Monet Collage

I love postcards.
So much cheaper than buying the exhibition book.
The two postcards above show some of Monet's early work.
He was still painting people.

The one on the right is The Seine at Bougival (1869) and
the one on the left is The Promenade with the railroad bridge, Argenteuil (1874).

Even using these postcards, you can see how his technique changes.

Monet Postcards

Monet's family knew a lot about boats.
When Monet drew one, he knew where to put all the lines.

The postcard on the right (above) "Ships riding in the Seine" ~1873
The left is "Sunset on the Seine", 1874


What would Monet be without a series?!!
The postcard above on the left is titled The Seine at Giverny 1897
and the one on the right also from 1897 is titled the Islet on Port-Villez.

I've shared 6 of the 52 pieces in the exhibition.
Monet is magical.

While I was in the gift shop buying postcards (conveniently located at the end of the exhibition)
I found this.

Tea For One

I need another teacup/tea-for-one like I need a hole in the head,
but I told myself it was a nice reminder of this wonderful exhibition,
 and the lovely luncheon I had with a dear friend.

Waterlily Tea For One

This tea for one was made by McIntosh Fine China.

Monet Waterlily Tea For One

I'm joining the lovely Judith for Mosaic Monday

and several tea parties!

Wishing YOU well, much joy and a wonderful cup of tea!


podso said...

I enjoyed the Monet exhibit with you. And the surprise at the end. How pretty. I'm surprised the teapot was full size because of the way it started out. A nice new treasure!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What amazing art to get to see and I love your new tea cup set! Very nice! Hugs!

Sara D.B. said...

Monet is really magical.
And your new "hole in the head" is lovely! :)
Have a good new week!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Painting mast lines etc. would have to look authentic, so it was a good thing Monet was ship savvy.
The tea for one is much nicer than a couple I have because you have a whole teapot. Mine are only the top part once the cup is removed.
You can make room for one more teapot, sure you can!
Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

I was wondering " Is this the name of the company that made that teapot?" :)

Jackie and Joel Smith said...

Monet and Manet are among my favorites - love this post!

Michelle said...

That is a sweet teapot.

Jeanne said...

I too have alot of Monet postcards. Got mine at Giverny, and that was an awesomme experience. Beautiful work. Your teapot is absolutely adorable. Love it, and you can always use a new teapot.

Barb said...

I'm much rather you had another teapot than a hole in the head, Snap! That's a beauty. Looks like a great exhibit.

Anonymous said...

Ah Monet. . . and I approve of your souvenir of choice. What a lovely group of postcards you now have to flip through at will.
Happy T to you!

My Little Home and Garden said...

I would have enjoyed that exhibit with you, Snap. The ethereal quality of his painting make for daydreaming.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful displays at the exhibition.

Janet said...

Beautiful art...Monet did some amazing work. Having the tea for one set will be great for remembering this exhibition. I doubt if I could have resisted that set. I love it!

My Grama's Soul said...

Love the tea pot and love Monet. I, too buy postcards when I visit a favorite Museum.

Donna said...

I adore Monet and loved these postcards...and of course you had to buy the tea set!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

A pretty reminder of your enjoying the exhibit - thanks for sharing with us. I see many pretty teapots out there, but I am not a hot tea drinker - very rarely.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Oh, yes, I would have enjoyed the exhibit too! Monet did amazing work. Your tea-for-one set is really sweet and it's a nice piece from your trip. Thank you for joining me for tea and enjoy your day.


Ruth W said...

I love your water lilies tea-4-1! A wonderful souvenir! I love Monet, visited Giverny and would have loved the exhibit. Did you see the PBS program about finding and authenticating a new one? Very interesting post. Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

The Charm of Home said...

Monet's paintings are beautiful! I also love you teapot and cup combo.

Ruth...Time Was Antiques said...

Thanks so much for visiting! I love your teapot. How nice to remember a museum visit with a friend in such a special way! I would have loved the exhibit!

Zaa said...

Monet is one of my favourites... He just seems to brush life into his paintings... and he understands nature so well.. Love that pretty tea set... The colours are perfect for season... Thanks for sharing the teatime arts...Hugs

Deborah Montgomery said...

I've said that many a time, about needing more books/teacups/linens like a hole in the head! But your new teapot set is beautiful, and, like you say, a wonderful reminder of a lovely day. The impressionists were a wonderful group of painters, I enjoy their paintings very much.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Yes, isn't it odd how all special exhibits of art or culture end at the gift shop, LOL?

Bernideen said...

Yes that tea for me does look just like Monet. What a lovely theme and I am sure you will love using it!

Karen said...

What a beautiful teapot, cup and plate and such a perfect keepsake from your nice outing. Your Monet postcards are lovely too! Happy Tea Day! Karen

kitty said...

Oh my goodness Snap, your teapot and cup for one is just gorgeous. You will always remember the exhibit and the lovely time you had with your friend. You won't retreat buying it!