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Last updated Jun 15, 2024
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Travel for Art Inspiration

Claude Monet's Impression Sunrise Exhibition and Water Lilies artwork

Explore Art at the National Gallery of Australia

I saw the Monet Impression Sunrise exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. The exhibition featured Claude Monet and I saw paintings of J.M.W. Turner too.

The water Lilies artwork in the post is created by me.

Water Lilies created by Jennifer Empey

Water Lilies by Jennifer Empey

Monet: Impression Sunrise

Monet Impression Sunrise was exhibited at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA).

And my daughter and I attended the exhibition whilst she and I were in Canberra.

It included artworks from the Musee Marmottan Monet of Paris.

Make sure when you visit the gallery to check what's on.

The hours are daily 9 am to 5 pm. Check NGA for more details about your visit.

National Gallery Australia

Entrance at the National Gallery of Australia

Impression Sunrise Exhibition

Monet The Paintings

The painting depictions include:

  • sunrises
  • sunsets
  • water lilies
  • waterlily pond
  • city scapes
  • rural landscapes
  • seascapes
  • boats
  • windmills
  • snow effects
  • trains
  • boats
  • haystacks
  • bridges
  • beaches
  • ports
  • evening effects
  • pink effects
  • moonlight
  • spring
  • apple trees
Water Lilies created by Jennifer Empey

Water Lilies by Jennifer Empey


The star attraction of the exhibition was Monet's painting Impression Sunrise.

As a result of an 1874 exhibition held by a group of artists in Paris. Impression Sunrise was subjected to comments which led to the group being labeled Impressionists.

I could see his painting face-to-face. And I could move up close to see the textures and brushstrokes.

So that I could feel the art inspire me when creating my photography.

Which era of artwork draws you in?

The Artists

At the Monet: Impression Sunrise exhibition, the artists and some of their paintings exhibited are:

  • Claude Monet
    • Impression Sunrise
    • Water Lilies
    • The Waterlily Pond
    • Waterloo Bridge
    • The Train in the Snow
    • The Seine at Port-Villez
    • Creuse Valley, evening effect
    • The Sailing Boat, evening effect
    • Snow Effect, Sunset
    • Les Tuileries
    • On the Beach at Trouville
    • Haystacks, midday
    • The Japanese Bridge
  • J. M. W. Turner
    • Stormy Sea with Dolphins
    • Inverary Pier
    • Alnwick Castle
    • Cowes Regatta
    • Scarborough Town and Castle 
    • Le Havre: Sunset in the Port
    • The Quayside and Tower of Francois I
    • High Force, Fall of the Trees, Yorkshire
    • Norham Castle
    • Inverary Pier, Loch Fyne: Morning
  • Eugene Boudin
    • The Port of Antwerp seen from the Northern Citadel
    • Le Havre, Sunset at Low Tide
    • Le Havre, Eure Basin
  • Johan Barthold Jongkind
    • End of the Day in Holland
    • Sunset in Holland
    • Moonlight on a Canal, Holland
  • Alfred Sisley
    • Spring near Paris
    • Apple Trees in Blossom
  • Berthe Morisot
    • At the Ball
  • Joseph Wright
  • Ernest Quost
  • James McNeill Whistler
  • Gustave Courbet
  • Eugene Delacroix
    • Cliffs near Dieppe
  • Charles Daubigny
  • Camille Corot
Water Lilies created by Jennifer Empey

Water Lilies by Jennifer Empey

The Exhibition

The link to view the paintings of the exhibition virtually no longer works.

So you would need to search for them through a search engine.

Which artist attracts you?

My favorite is JMW Turner. His style inspires me in my creations of turning my photography into art.

Do you look for exhibitions in your local area? Or in your capital city? And do you look for exhibitions when you make travel plans?

Do you like to travel to exhibitions and art galleries? Or do you travel to the places they lived and the places they did their artwork like painted?

This was the second Monet exhibition my daughter and I had visited. The last time, I saw Monet's Garden exhibition.  I found his paintings include water lilies, flowers, and scenes in his garden.

Have you been to a Monet art exhibition? And have you visited Monet's Garden in Giverny? It's found west of Paris. I would like to visit.

Water Lilies Remind Me of the Artist Claude Monet

Monet painted scenes of water lilies. He grew them in his garden.

In spring you will find blooms in the gardens and on the nature strips.

Spring motivates me to venture out. And I can look for water lilies to photograph. Then I can create art out of the photos.

I can find them hiding in between tall weeds. Look further around for them. Search for the ideal places where you'll find them. For example, see them in rock gardens.

In the rock pools, the water lilies float on the lily pads. Some are wide-opened. Whereas others are closed bulbs, which are waiting to bloom.

I found some water lilies together. And others float solo.

In post-production, I applied different textures and techniques, to create art photography of the water lilies.

Be inspired by Monet and his garden. And you can turn photographs of water lilies into art.

Water Lilies created by Jennifer Empey

Water Lilies by Jennifer Empey

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Which artist do you like to visit at an exhibition to see their artwork? Do you travel to see their art? Leave a Comment!

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  1. Beautiful! You live in a beautiful area of the world and your photos are gorgeous!

    • Thank you Belinda for your comments.Yes, it’s a big varied country.

  2. This painting is stunning!

    • Hi Nicole. Thank You.

  3. Wow!! The water lilly painting is gorgeous. I think this is my favorite one yet.

    • Thank you Heather. That’s cool the water lilies is your favorite.

  4. I love the water lilly painting you did. It is so beautiful!

    • Thank you Lisa for loving my water lilies

  5. Such beautiful work. We enjoy visiting art exhibitions.

    • Thank you Missy. I’m glad you like visiting art exhibitions, too.

  6. Awesome painting!

    • Thank you Adrian.

  7. Your photo and the water lilies paintings are gorgeous. I did get a chance to see some of Monet’s paintings up close during my travels to France. There is something special about seeing paintings you’ve heard so much about and studied up close.

    • Thank you Donna for liking my water lilies. That’s so cool you’ve been to France and see Monet’s paintings up close. I like how they change their perspective and meaning when you can see them face to face, the brush strokes, textures, and accents. It’s so different to the experience in a book.

  8. My husband and I love Monet and have a few of his prints on display in our home. And we traveled to Chicago to check out a special traveling Monet exhibit once. So beautiful!

    • Thank you kmf. That’s so cool you have some prints in your home. And, that you have traveled to see Monet’s art. I’m lucky here, the Monet’s Garden exhibition was held in Melbourne.

  9. I love Monet as well. Looks like a wonderful exhibit. Your painting here is my favorite so far. Beautiful!

    • Thank you Michele. That’s cool that you love Monet, too.

  10. These photos are so beautiful! You are a talented artist!

    • Thank you Trisha

  11. I just love your art! This is so pretty! I adore the colors.

    • Thank you Cindy

  12. Your lilies are beautiful! I love the colors. I appreciate Monet’s art as well.

    • Thank you Cindy. I’m glad you appreciate Monet, too.


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