What more could there possibly be to say about Impressionist painter Claude Monet? A lot, it turns out. In this five-part podcast series, Stefania Van Dyke, senior interpretive specialist at the Denver Art Museum, shares conversations with non-art experts, who respond to Monet’s work through the lens of their unique expertise. You’ll hear from a Paris historian, an aquatics curator, a geologist, a therapeutic horticulturalist, and a weather historian. This podcast was produced by Postmodern Company in conjunction with the Denver Art Museum’s exhibition, Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature, on view from October 21, 2019 through February 2, 2020.
Beyond Monet: You Can Smell it in the Paintings
Jim Fleming, a historian at Colby College who focuses on weather and climate, closely examines Monet’s paintings of snowy landscapes, and talks about how the artist captured the humid haze of Venice and the “pea soup” smog of London.
Beyond Monet: No Mud, No Lotus
Hear about the innate connection between humans and nature with Catherine McCord, who works with the horticultural therapy department at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Catharine shares insights about what therapeutic benefits Monet might have gotten from gardening, and from surrounding himself with colorful and aromatic flowers.
Beyond Monet: Sinister, Tragic, Diabolical
Mike Kerwin, a geologist and environmental scientist at the University of Denver, talks with Stefania about the dramatic characteristics of the French coastline where Monet captured the ferocious sea and majestic rock formations. He also imagines how Monet would have painted the rocky, varied landscape of Colorado.
Beyond Monet: Lily Dusters
Stefania interviews Tamara Kilbane, aquatics curator at the Denver Botanic Gardens and waterlily expert. Tamara gets intimate with the plants, shares what’s so special about them, and marvels at Monet’s keen observation skills.
Beyond Monet: Progress in the Umbrella Industry
Joan DeJean, urban historian at the University of Pennsylvania and author of How Paris Became Paris: The Invention of the Modern City, talks about the pivotal time in which Monet painted bustling modern life. Joan and Stefania cover boulevards, balconies, park benches, and newly affordable umbrellas – all seen in Monet’s paintings.