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I finally had the chance to view Monet's paintings at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. What a disappointment. While I certainly can appreciate the beauty and inspiration of Monet's home in Giverny, France, I have to wonder how many times an artist can paint ponds, water lilies and Japanese walking bridges in the same distinct impressionist style before it becomes tiresome?

I think I saw more diversity in Andy Warhol's painting of 100 Campbell's Soup cans than I did in the entire Monet exhibit. I don't care how much hype there is or what the critics say, I'll take the simplicity and variety of pop art over Monet at Giverny anytime.



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