Through the Eyes of Claude Monet
Meet the daring pioneer of Impressionism
Whether he was speaking high atop his Japanese bridge, walking amidst his
paintings of water lilies, or reliving the challenges he faced by obstinately
adhering to his own vision, Monet teaches us how to let our fascination
and love for life prosper. In doing so, we can see our goals overwhelm
the obstacles that authority or conventional thinking would otherwise
put in our way. Using slides, monologue, theatrical demonstrations, and
audience participatory re-enactments, this is a rare opportunity to experience
my unique and engaging interpretation of one of the world’s greatest painters.
The son of a grocer who against all familial opposition chose to be an
innovative artist, Monet was convinced by his mentor that painting directly
from nature was the best approach to art, and broke with the rules of
the artistic establishment. Strongly determined to educate the public
to this new way of seeing, he led the impressionist painters to mount
exhibit after exhibit in the face of public ridicule. This continued until
the academic tyrants and press were by-passed by the impressionists’
Let Your Love for Life Prosper
Championed by the less sophisticated Americans, Monet eventually set new
records for sale prices and lived an affluent, self-designed lifestyle.
Always the innovator, he refused to settle down into a predictable style
and artistically broke new ground, even in his old age. When finally recognized
by the established authorities—true to his rebel colors—Monet
refused to accept great honors bestowed upon him by his former critics.
I designed this production to invigorate audiences into looking at the
world with fresh eyes while setting their own course in life, according
to no one’s beliefs but their own.