At the end of World War 1, Monet promised to give France “a monument to peace” in the form of the Water Lilies. While in Paris I was blessed to visit the home of this gifted “monument”, Musee De L’Orangerie,
According to L’Orangerie’s web site, “The painter (Monet) wanted visitors to be able to immerse themselves completely in the painting and to forget about the outside world. The end of the First World War in 1918 reinforced his desire to offer beauty to wounded souls.”
As I sat in the middle of one of the two rooms, surrounded by Monet’s gift of peace, my heart swelled and tears filled my eyes. My spirit was being illumined with gratitude, inspiration, peace, beauty and clarity of purpose. It was as if I was being reintroduced to The Spirit in which I found my own identity. The Spirit revealed to me, through Monet, the desire to reveal and share peace that is found in and around us, especially for “wounded souls.”
Monet once said, “Light is the most important person in the picture.”
My hope for my photography is that The Light will reveal for you beauty, abundant life and peace.
One last quote from Monet. “All I did was to look at what the universe showed me, to let my brush bear witness to it.”
May The Spirit do the same with my camera.
The photos below are of the water lilies of Sacred Heart Jesuit Retreat Center and of Monet. Peace be with you…