Villa Regina Margherita in Bordighera will be reopened on the occasion of this exhibition with a fascinating set-up. It will be hosting the painting “Vallée de Sasso, effet de soleil”, on loan from Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris.
Bordighera was the first stop of Claude Monet’s journey to the Riviera. For Monet, Bordighera was "one of the most beautiful sites we have ever seen (…)”; he wrote to his art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel.
The protagonist of the painting are palm trees, surrounded by lush nature. The process of immersion by the artist in nature is complete. “These palm trees are driving me crazy, and the motifs are so hard to reproduce, to transfer on canvas; vegetation is so thick everywhere: it is lovely to watch…”. This is what he wrote to Alice Hoschedé, his second wife.
This “fairy-tale land”, which is how he defined Bordighera, really captured Monet. He was almost hypnotized by the landscapes, by the intensity of Mediterranean colours and by the range of vegetation. “Vallée de Sasso, effet de soleil” shows the effort, the concern and the strong will to reproduce on canvas the wonder of such magical light.
Castello Doria in Dolceacqua is the exhibition venue for two more masterpieces painted by the artist during his stay in the Riviera:
- “Le Château de Dolceacqua”, on loan from Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris
- “Monte Carlo vu de Roquebrune”, from the Private Collection of H.R.H. Prince Alberto II of Monaco
From Bordighera, on a windy day in February, Monet went up to Dolceacqua, which he had already visited the previous Sunday. “The bridge is adorable and I felt as calm and warm as in August; I will go there as long as it remains windy, so as not to waste time or torment myself”.
The Castello di Dolceacqua overlooks the most ancient part of this village in Liguria and, together with Ponte Vecchio below with its distinctive arched shape, it still represents the picture postcard view so well depicted by “Le Château de Dolceacqua”.
Both exhibition venues, by means of a complementary set-up, will feature a multimedia exhibition pathway which is aimed at outlining the artist’s experience during his journey and stay in the Riviera.
At the same time the exhibition items will show the life and images of the two sites of Bordighera and Dolceacqua, through the paintings of the Collezione Civica from Bordighera, and a valuable set of vintage photos.