Monet and the colors of the riviera

Claude Monet, the grand French Impressionist, master of color, light and shadow, could not omit the magical Flower Riviera in his Life Work. Until 31th of July an intimate and very special exhibition, Monet in Riviera, pays tribute to the great honor given by the Monet to the territory of Dolceacqua, Bordighera and its surroundings. Three paintings from Monet’s Riviera spring in 1884 are now gathered for the first time where they were painted 135 years ago: Two at the Dolceacqua’s Doria Castle and the third at the Villa Regina Margherita in Bordighera. Before embarking on his Riviera Journey, Monet said: “I have the impression I will do wonderful things”. And he surely did.

 


Three weeks that became three months

 

“I intend to stay for about three weeks, here and in the surrounding area, to bring different things. Here I will dedicate time to the palms and the somewhat exotic aspects, elsewhere I will do water, beautiful blue water […]”. Monet wrote those lines before returning to the riviera in end of January 1883. He had discovered the territory with his friend and adventure-companion Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The three weeks became three months, and Monet emerged himself completely without restrictions in the Riviera nature and dedicating all his genius to capture the ever changing Mediterranean light onto his canvas.
Most certainly Monet made quite a few walks in these hills above Dolceacqua, where the most beautiful inlands are to be discovered, covered with fruit- and olive trees caressed by the sea breeze from below. He completely immersed himself into the riviera’s nature, translating tis impressions on his soul into the most wonderful layers of colors, that continue to inspire us pour souls of this world,  and be a reminder of the beauty of the human soul and nature together.

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The Dolceacqua Castle and Roman bridge painting

“I made then a big decision, recalling that in Dolceacqua, where I went on Sunday, you couldn’t feel the wind thanks to the protecting mountains, I took a car and worked very well on two wonderful motives. The bridge is adorable and I found myself in peace and warmth as in August”.
The climate of the area is well described in those words of Monet, and even in early spring, one doesn’t suffer the cold or wind, and the air is pleasantly warm, and the peace is always there….. still today.

          A premiered painting by artist Olga Piasko at the first Painting Competition
dedicated to Claude Monet.
The “residence” of the Dolceacqua Roman Bridge and Doria Castle painting, is at
the Marmottan Monet Museum in Paris, but it basically only stops there to “change
suitcases”, as it is constantly traveling the world.

 

“I made then a big decision, recalling that in Dolceacqua, where I went on Sunday, you couldn’t feel the wind thanks to the protecting mountains, I took a car and worked very well on two wonderful motives. The bridge is adorable and I found myself in peace and warmth as in August”.
The climate of the area is well described in those words of Monet, and even in very early spring, one doesn’t suffer the cold or the wind, the air is pleasantly warm, and the peace is always there….. still today.


Different point of views of Monte Carlo

The second painting at the Doria Castle, is a painting from Prince Albert’s of Monaco Private Collection, and bears the title: “Monte Carlo vu de Roquebrune”, or Monte Carlo view from Roquebrune.

A perfect day of nature & art blend could be an intimate “promenade”in the woods of the hills above Dolceacqua’s Doria Castle, getting inspired by the perfumed beauty of the Riviera’s outbacks (the same that inspired Monet) before visiting the exhibition and the castle.
After lunch a visit to the Bordighera Villa, and a piece of the Corbusier promenade walk, that starts in the charming small French town, Roquebrune, and ends in Monte Carlo. This promenade is one of the beautiful walks I ever had, you literally soaking in the fascinating seaside view and the mixture of intoxicating flower and herb odors mixing in with the sapid freshness of the ocean. An “aperitivo” with bruschetta and Ligurian anchovies and a glass of the typical Ponente Riviera Vermentino white wine or…. or a French provençale rosé, would be perfect to complete the sapid sense experience of the day. The wine depends on the mood, if you prefer a French twist to it, since you’re on that side of the border, in French Monet honor or if you stay in a more local taste.

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