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Synesthesia and Monet’s “Water Lilies”

Artist Gabrielle Thierry’s series of eight large-scale paintings that were inspired by her rediscovery of the “Water Lilies” landscapes by Claude Monet on view at the the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris will be on display.  With special permission from the museum, Thierry painted in front of Monet’s originals over a period of 18 months from 2010 to 2012, where she explored the inner musical qualities of Monet’s famous paintings and visually interpreted them in her own. Exploring the perceptual phenomenon known as “synesthesia,” Thierry experienced the musicality she felt embedded in Monet’s semi-abstract impressionist paintings, which she then transcribed in abstract form, translating paintings into colored musical scores.

Gabrielle Thierry was born in 1966 and resides outside of Paris in Andrésy, France. Before devoting her career to painting a little over 10 years ago, Thierry was an engineer specializing in cognitive sciences and knowledge management. She studied at the Atelier du Carrousel – Louvre and École des Beaux Arts in Paris and obtained a Cambridge, UK graduate degree from Christie’s Education. This will be the first exhibition of her work in the United States.