Today’s podcast was recorded live inside the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France.
You can listen to it by pressing “play” on the above video and watching the slideshow (it’s suggested that you watch/listen in “HD”).
The subject is a series of paintings by Claude Monet and specifically a version called “La Gare Saint-Lazare” (“The Saint-Lazare Station”).
It’s a beautiful painting and differs from my favourite version which is located in London at the National Gallery. The National Gallery version is much darker and quite a lot smaller.
Monet painted 12 in this series and it’s my understanding that 4 still survive today
(However, who really knows!?).
I have located a version in a 1970’s art book which is held in a private collection in the United States and we will take a closer look at this, as best as we can, in a future part of this podcast series.
The most famous, or at least, for me, the most famous and one that I visit at least a few times a month is called “The Gare St-Lazare“, In fact they’re all basically the same station during different seasons and on different days, all with totally different energy, different feel and different aesthetics.