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Similar parallels in the lives and developments of Monet and Bleich The more Bleich delved into Art History, the more he discovered the parallels between the artistic developments of himself and Monet.
Harmony. Monet and Bleich exhibit a unique and
beautiful vision for applying strokes of color in
beautiful harmonious relationships. This was attested to
by an art historian who found that they both had a
natural gift for creating harmony. Monet is more
abstract, while Bleich is more articulate. A click
on the photo at the left will take you to a larger
version of "Harmony at Monet's in Teal and Dusty
Rose, Monet's Garden."
Collectors. Monet and Bleich both have attracted knowledgeable collectors to collect their work. Bleich collectors feel that George is continuing in the tradition of impressionism and taking it to the next dynamic, luminous level. Bleich said, "It is a wonderful feeling to know that your work is appreciated in homes where your work is hung along with masters of the past whom you admire greatly."
Work Habits. Monet and Bleich
were disciplined, hard working painters who would be out
before dawn to capture the first hint of the light of a
new day in all kinds of weather. They both would continue
painting throughout the day and into the dusk. Bleich has
gone out painting on snow shoes and cross country skies
with a chill factor below zero. A click on the
photo at the right will take you to a larger version of "Gently
Flows The Seine."
Flowers & Gardens. Monet and Bleich's garden scenes are among their best works. They both were avid gardeners with a green thumb and would use their gardens for inspiration. Bleich said, "My painting series, 'Gardens of the World,' will not be complete until the day I die. I have painted in many of the great gardens of the world, but enjoy the smaller private ones that I have been commissioned to paint for their owners. The solitude and intimacy of smaller private gardens reflects the love and care of an individual or family." A click on the photo at the left will take you to a larger version of "Seville Gardens, England."
England. Monet's garden designs in Giverny were influenced by the masterful, random natural design of English gardens, when compared to the rigidly formal French gardens. In 1973, Bleich followed Frederick Waugh to Cornwall to paint the rugged Land's End area. While there, he discovered the beauty of English gardens. Bleich said, "The Beauty of English gardens and countryside are among the reasons why, no matter the weather, the sun always shines in the hearts of Englishmen." In 1988, Bleich returned to England to start a series of paintings he called "Gardens of the world."
The Sea. Claude Monet, while living in Hon Fleur, was attracted to the sea and was introduced to the wonder and nuances of light and water. His subject of choice, the sea, was one that he explored then and would return to capture later on in life.
Bleich's own life has been interwoven with the sea since his childhood. He lived by the sea as a child and experienced the many wonders and forces of the sea while a professional seaman for 12 years. For years he owed his own yawl, and he has painted on location the length of our Atlantic and Pacific Coasts and shorelines around the world.
Boats. The river was a subject that attracted both Monet and Bleich as a challenging, moving mirror of light. They both have used boats on rivers to paint for a lower vantage point and in order to have closer communication with their subject. Bleich initiated painting from his floating studio, his own yawl, The Pipedream. A click on the photo at the right will take you to a larger version of "Summer on The Seine."
Artist with his good friend of many years, Gilbert Vahe, the Head Gardner who restored Monet's Gardens in Giverny.
Mr. Vahe made arrangements for George and his seven-year-old son, Jonathan, and son Christopher to paint at Monet's in privacy when it was closed to the public and then brought the Bleiches to his home for a wonderful seven course dinner, served outside in his own beautiful garden. After champaign and green Pernod with appetizers, a different bottle of fine French wine graced each course.
|Paris. Paris opened
up the minds of Monet and Bleich to broaden their range
of creative expression. Monet was influenced by the
camaraderie with his contemporaries. Bleich became aware
that he was doing the same form of pleine air paintings
as his mentors. While painting in these locations and
through conversations with well informed locals, Bleich
uncovered previously unrecorded secrets of Van Gogh and
others. Bleich has explored creatively in the same parts
of the world as his mentors. This form of exploration has
attracted knowledgeable collectors to add Bleich
paintings to their collections of Renoirs, Cezannes,
Monets and other master painters of the past.
South of France. The South of France has a way of stimulating innovative creativity. Monet's and Bleich's work went through healthy changes dictated by the sense of place and excitement of Cote d' Azure. Bleich spoke of the evolving art history from the pointillism of Seurat to the divisonists who gathered about Signac in Son Tropez. The Fauves were like an exciting race through visual exploration. So many of Bleich's favorite painters lived and worked there: Van Gogh, Cezanne, Bonnard, Renoir, Matisse, Chagall, Miro and Picasso. The echo of their energy lives on in the South of France. Their environs are an open invitation to the excitement of change. A click on the photo at the left will take you to a larger version of "Dream River."
Serial Paintings. Monet and
Bleich both used a serial approach to painting the same
scene at different times of day to further their
understanding of the subtle nuance of color and light.
The uninitiated might say they painted the same object
over and over again. They did, but each scene is attired
in a very different harmonious cloak of color and light.
Bleich said he could do 12 paintings of the same place at
different times of day that would be more unique in color
and light content than that done at the same time by 12
different artists. A click on the photo at the
right will take you to a larger version of "Symphony
in Blues and Greens."
Influence of the Japanese. In the same manner that Monet collected Asian prints, Bleich delved into collecting books dealing with this subject. Monet, Van Gogh and Bleich were influenced by the Asian sense of asymmetrical design, elevated perspective, higher horizons and the charm of lost and found areas. Bleich takes a certain amount of pride in the fact that his son, Jonathan, was born with a Mongolian Spot. There are a number of reasons that he feels that there is an Asian influence on the Bleich side of the family.
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