Writer David Stewart has a collection of valuable paintings by the impressionist painter Claude Monet. And he has a team of international curators taking care of them. That's because they're stored not in Stewart's private gallery, but in museums all over the world. Wherever he travels, he visits one of "his Monets", personal favorites that he makes a point of spending time with on each trip. That way, he comes to know them intimately, in his gallery of the mind. Stewart suffers with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that renders him increasingly blind. When he visits his Monets, he is remembering them rather than seeing them, and using other people's observations to keep his memories fresh. In pursuit of his passion, Stewart writes essays, journeys to some of his favorite museums, and explains how it feels to take visual ownership of a painting.
My Monets was written and narrated by David Stewart and produced by Susan Davis. Special thanks to the curators of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the curators of the Faces of Impressionism show at the Baltimore Museum of Art, and Tom Stewart. This program was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
ArtCyclopedia: Claude Monet
This website locates Monet's paintings.
19th Century Painting
View some of Monet's greatest works on this page...
Art of Monet
An Online gallery featuring the works of Monet, the history behind the paintings, and a list of global museums housing Monet's work.
ISMs: Understanding Art
by: Stephen Little 2004
A pocket guide for those interested in the arts...
by: Janice Anderson 2004
A book on Claude Monet's prolific career...