Getting from Calgary to the Vancouver Art Gallery can be accomplished quite easily. A 1.5 hour flight, 15 minutes to get off the plane to walk the Skytrain
The Monet exhibition was well worth the effort. Vancouver is the only Canadian venue for this exhibition. There are more than 50 paintings focussing on later works, particularly those with Monet’s garden in Giverny as the subject matter. There’s also a good 24 minute film on Monet’s life and work. And a related photo exhibition about the restoration of the Giverny gardens.
The obvious brush work and unmixed paint was considered crude, unskilled. And the subject matter–landscape and ordinary life scenes–rated inferior to historic or mythic subjects.
In the Giverny paintings, Monet continued his serial studies to the point where he abandoned horizons–unheard of for landscapes. And the influence of Japanese woodblock prints brought an emphasis to the surface of the painting. Paintings became about paint, not illusion. Very modern.