Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art


We went to see a very special showing of ” Monet’s Water Lilies an Artists Obsession” at the Wadsworth Atheneum.
The show featured nine of the 250 paintings devoted to the water lily theme inspired by Monet’s Japanese style garden located
in Giverny, Paris. With those examples you could see Monet’s experimentation with color, form, and of course light! Each painting exuded a different feeling.
Also on view at the Museum are a wide variety of works from European (late Medieval through mid-twentieth century) and American (Historical, Hudson River School & Post Civil War era) As well as Contemporary Art.  And be sure to visit the Museum’s gift shop before leaving, a nice collection of Archival prints, books, & art inspired gifts!

Wadsworth Atheneum is in Hartford, CT at:
600 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103-2990
(860) 278-2670

About Laurel

Laurel Thorndike is our "artist in residence" here at We Love Museums. "Lately I have been experimenting with a very illustrative style. Using images & feelings as a writer would use words to bring characters "to life" Suggesting a possible story or building from existing ones." Inspiring artists & art periods include Art Nouveau's Alphonse Mucha and Maxfield Parrish. Pre-Raphaelites such as Waterhouse, Holman Hunt, Leighton. Portrait painter's John Singer Sargent and Julio Romero de Torres. Symbolists such as Jean Delville and Carlos Schwabe. In 2001 she studied photography with nature photographer Patrick Pacheo Zephyr. She immediately fell in love with using the camera to 'paint with light'. Using natural light to create a picture full of emotion from something as ordinary as a reflection in a small pond or a lone tree on a hill. In 2014 she attended the 'Illustrator Master Class' at Amherst College, A one week intensive with the instruction of some of the finest illustrator's in the country! Her works have been shown at the juried Art On The Mountain show 2004 & 2005 Wilmington VT and the Northeastern Fine Arts Juried Exhibition at the Green Trees Gallery Northfield MA 2005. As well as at various galleries and art fairs throughout New England. Her work can be viewed and purchased at: www.LaurelThorndike.com.

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