Sunday, March 26, 2006

Monet fans get a chance to make big Impression

His scenes shimmer, like memories.
They are single, fleeting moments, reminders
of life's beauty and transience.

—John Berger about Monet

Monet fans get a chance to make big Impression
Fri Mar 24, 2006 12:21 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters) - A London hotel is offering art fans a chance to emulate Impressionist Claude Monet in the room where he painted his classic studies of the Thames skyline.

For 2,600 pounds ($4,500), a couple can stay two nights in the Savoy Hotel room where Monet painted 70 canvases.

For that price, they also get an easel, paints and the advice of an arts teacher on how to reproduce the French painter's famous works.

"The teacher will also take you round London's National Gallery to see the Monet paintings there and point out what to look for. It is a mini-painting holiday," said a Savoy spokeswoman.

The Savoy's artistic tradition was started by James McNeill Whistler who painted a picture of the scaffolding when the hotel was being built in the 1880s.

Monet followed him as a guest, as did fellow artists Oskar Kokoschka and Andy Warhol.

Key Kinks: Claude Monet Online, Claude Monet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia,

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