Impressionism was revolutionary, it got the artist out of the studio. It got humans thinking out of the box, it freed us a little. Similarly, in my humble opinion, the charming Art Hotel Claude Monet on D. Gamarkeli street in Tbilisi, Georgia, got me thinking, I could use some artsy hotel getaway in my life too.
What a great choice of artist, but then, when I went back to art historical references and was reminded that Monet was the father of French Impressionism- I fell in love again, with the art period, and the hotel even more.
Sometimes a connection is so enthralling that one has to passionately live for it. It seems that the hotel and the owner is passionate for Impressionism and what she does. I was reprimanded that Art is universal, and you don’t have to be from anywhere to love a certain kind of art. Georgians love impressionism, So do the French and now people from the UAE might just too. I know a few that did! *grins*
The Monet salon where we ate breakfast and I blogged..cozy and charming.
Good Morning Tbilisi!
Claude Monet, in full, Oscar-Claude Monet, (born November 14, 1840, Paris, France—died December 5, 1926, Giverny), French painter who was the initiator, leader, and unswerving advocate of the Impressionist style.
Monet hardly ever painted recollections of subjects, but rather “en plein air”, which means out in the open.
Some of his favorite subjects were gardens, sailing ships and the outdoors.
This link and love of being in the fresh air could have had something to do with spending time in the French Norman countryside. When Monet was five, in 1845, his family moved from Paris to Le Havre.
This event has more than biographical significance, for it was Monet’s childhood, spent along the beaches, and the intimate knowledge he gained of the sea and the rapidly shifting Norman weather, that would one day give rise to his fresh vision of nature. Monet’s first success as an artist came.
Monet is credited, along with artists such as Renoir and Pissarro to have formed the Impressionist style with “bad sketches”. However, those who dedicatedly stick to something eventually become the masters of that creation.
Eventually, in the 1890s, what gave rise to Impressionism was the tireless artwork that was produced at Monet’s farmhouse in Giverny- and what drew crowds, from far and wide, especially from the other side of the Atlantic to visit.
Monet also became the inspiration for artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Kandinsky and believe it or not, Andy Warhol!
Many many years later, it also inspired the design of a hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia- called the Art Hotel Claude Monet- designed and dedicated to the works of the artist, into a fabulous boutique hotel.
Surrounded by prints and paintings of Monet works, the hotel is designed in an Art Deco way- with an eye for detail.
Their artsy salon (where I wrote this blog post) and bar has some unique furniture pieces, don’t miss the couches made of denim and the tables of tree barks.
Immersed in the art, in Georgia, in the culture..I was..whoops, did I get too immersed? Maybe! But during holidays I believe we have a divine right to disconnect.
Hotel Claude Monet could be a good starting point for those who want to begin a cultural holiday, summer or winter.
Tbilisi has different offerings for both seasons, and this hotel doesn’t fail to disappoint.
The indoor garden was adorable. Love the improvisation for the Georgian winter.
Last but not least, the mirror and the garden when going up to the room. My daughter could not resist touching the plants each time we come up and down, and then greeting herself in the mirror.
Art Hotel did it right- especially if my headstrong sixteen month old likes it.
I can’t imagine staying anywhere else in Tbilisi now. The hotel has a wonderful vibe and their staff will take care of you from the moment you arrive at the airport.
See you next time! Madloba!
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Seitz, William C. “Claude Monet.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 15 Dec. 2017, http://www.britannica.com/biography/Claude-Monet.
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