In his own words: Monet and RA


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I'm an LA native--Lower Alabama, that is. My husband of more than 30 years and I live here on a portion of my family's former farm with two gorgeous calicos and a handsome GSD mix. My background is art education, and over the years I've been a teacher, department store photographer, sales associate and a journalist. My husband, his business partner and I have Pecan Ridge Productions, a video production company, for which I shoot & edit video and stills and manage marketing. I also still write part-time for the local paper. I love movies, music, art, photography and books, and my tastes in all of them are eclectic.

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  1. I finally got around to watching my “Impressionists” DVD and I was blown away by it! I loved every minute of it. I thought the casting of the two (young and old) Monet-s was inspired. Both actors managed to capture the exuberant personality of the artist beautifully. The physical resemblance was there as well, especially in the eyes. Those piercing blue eyes.. *sigh* The rest of the cast was fantastic too (especially loved Manet and Cรฉzanne). The only thing that puzzled me a bit is that they left Alfred Sisley out of the series altogether. I read that he studied together with Monet, Bazille and Renoir at Gleyre’s studio. Maybe they didn’t consider Sisley influental or interesting enough to include him?

    • Glad you loved The Impressionists, judit. Richard is just sublime and the cinematography is stunning. Claude deserves more love as a chaRActer! ๐Ÿ™‚
      I only know the basics of Impressionism as an art movement that I particularly like, so I had to google Sisley. I think you’re right in that maybe he wasn’t influential or interesting enough to be included, they probably decided to just stick with the artists that are well-known. Plus there was the time factor, trying to fit in the sub-stories of the other artists within Monet’s.

      • Sometimes with real-life stories certain more minor characters are left out simply due to trying to keep the focus on a smaller number of charaacters. Otherwise you run the risk of not giving an adequate portrait of each character.

    • I am so glad you enjoyed it! It’s a feast for the eyes with that gorgeous cinematography, plus you get Richard’s wonderful Monet and lots of other good performances.

  2. Something about RA’s portrayal of Monet is really sweet. I loved his enthusiam and yes, I loved his hair too. Somehow the whole package worked for me in this movie. I thought he captured Monet’s youthfulness, immaturity, idealism, etc, superbly.

    • Having read quite a few of Monet’s bits of correspondence and his own journals, it seems to me Richard painted ๐Ÿ˜‰ a pretty accurate portrait of the artist. There is a sweetness and joie de vivre here that endears him to you.

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