Monet: Impression Sunrise Exhibition has everyone’s attention. From media outlets to Instgramers, it’s no secret Monet’s oeuvre has been welcomed with open arms at the National Gallery Australia. If you’re yet to see it, you have until September to take in the breathtaking works. This is how you can make a day of it:

Wakey Wakey

Claude Monet once wrote to “paint directly in front of nature, seeking to render my impressions of the most fleeting effects.” At the crack of dawn head to the top of Mount Ainslie, The Arboretum, Telestra tower or even Lake Burley Griffin to take in the beautiful Canberra pink sunrise before embarking on one of his most prized paintings being shown here in Canberra, the Impression Sunrise painting. You’ll be feeling inspired before you even get to the Exhibition.

French Fuel

Allow the fragrant smells of a Patisserie, put you in the shoes of the French Painter. French toast, breakfast cheese, crêpes and baguettes are all excellent choices for your day of Monet.

You can try:

Le Bon Melange, L’Orange Patisserie, Breizh Café, La Sable Patisserie, La Baguette, Silo Bakery, Flute Bakery

Main Attraction

Next up, National Gallery Australia, the showcase we have all been waiting for.

The exclusive exhibition brings together works from the impressionist master and other significant artists to examine the founding of an art movement—a defining moment in art history. Impression, Soleil levant, rarely leaves the museum walls in Paris, but this winter has found its way to a newly designed exhibition space at the NGA, along with some forty impressionist and related paintings from the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris, the Tate, and Australian and New Zealand collections. Alongside Monet’s masterpieces are key paintings by JMW Turner, whose early works inspired Monet, James McNeill Whistler, Alfred Sisley and Eugène Boudin, among others.

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Eat Like Claude

The Impressionist painter Claude Monet has become almost synonymous with his series of paintings of water lilies, but of course he painted many masterworks on various subjects, including mouth-watering still life’s of food, one of his passions, as befits a Frenchman.The farm-to-table tradition lived passionately by Claude Monet has been brought into the 21st century which beckons one to take a culinary journey in Monet’s footsteps. The backdrop to the renaissance of the garden are chapters that cover Monet’s lifestyle, including French tips for entertaining, as well as recipes inspired by his cooking journals and places he visited.

In celebration of the premiere exhibition, First Edition at Novotel has designed a 3 course set menu based on some of Claude Monet’s favourite dishes from his home town of Giverny, France ($65pp, also available as individual courses).

Entrée – Camembert Fritters with apple and botanic jelly

Main – Boeuf bourguignon with rosemary puff pastry crust

Dessert – Normandy French apple tart with vanilla bean gelato

Monet themed Cocktail – The Giverny (additional $10)

With your Monet Feast receive a beautiful Hard Cover “Monet’s Palate Cookbook” per table when ordering the 3 course set menu option. Finish off your day of Monet with some light reading.

Available until September

Get Creative

After a day of all things inspiring, why not book in to get painting yourself. The Social Creative visit local bars regularly and mix cocktails with painting. After a few too many you may truly believe you are Monet.

Book here.