Photographer's Note

Claude Monet (1840-1926) painted The Artist's Garden at Vtheuil in 1880. After the death of his wife, Camille, her friend, Alice Hosched, moved in with Monet, and together they raised their children as an extended family. It was at this time that Monet cultivated a garden in Vtheuil, and began to produce paintings of their youngest children, and always walking on a garden path flanked by giant sunflowers. The dominant complementary colors, heightened by the rapid manner in which he dabbed his paint on the canvas, created a sense of movement across the canvas, as if the flowers are stirred by a warm summer breeze. The foregoing is based on The Artist's Garden at Vetheuil by Claude Monet.

The scene is in the French Impressionists Gallery of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. I was getting ready to shoot the painting when the little girl wandered into the view, seemingly engaged in dialogue with her counterpart portrayed in the painting. I clicked away, mindful of not disturbing their dialogue. A subtle detail is seen in the blond hair of the doll that the girl is embracing.

The "frame" simulates a beveled gray cardboard mat in a gun metal frame. I am "hanging" this photo in the group theme, Pictures at an Exhibition. If anyone else has good candidates for that growing collection, please feel free to participate. You can also click on Mussorgsky/Ravel's "Pictures at an Exhibition to hear a terrific rendition of the music by the same name.

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