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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Capeside, seaside

Magnet #676 - Monet's Regatta at Sainte-Adresse

This is part of the Monet magnet set I picked up from the Met - it's an inset of this painting from the Met's site.

Monet spent a lot of time at Sainte-Adresse on the coast of France, where his Parisian parents moved. He painted Regatta at Sainte-Adresse (at the Met) supposedly as a companion piece to the Beach at Sainte-Adresse (at the Art Institute of Chicago), both in 1867.

There's some speculation that he painted it to show the class differences - the posh bathers versus the local fishermen.

I just like it because regattas always remind me of when stupid Dawson Leery entered Capeside's Annual Spring Regatta to win the heart of Joey Potter, even though everyone knows that the Joey belonged with Pacey J Witter.

What? I have a million Monet, my sister totally got me the complete series boxset of Dawson's Creek.

Now, if only I had time to do a proper marathon!
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G said...

Connecting Monet to Dawson? Very impressive, and probably a first in the history of the Internet.

joy said...

Thanks! Didn't even have to try for that one.

Although tonight, we also saw an NCIS where regattas were mentioned. I, uh, missed the boat on that one.