Grisaille is a word that can be used in a number of situations...from speaking about dullish gray weather to a style of bas-relief painting in shades of gray to obtain a three-dimensional effect. It's frequently used to describe Normandy skies, like that on the day of our visit to a charming small-town museum, le Musée Alphonse-Georges-Poulain. The museum, which is in Vernon, is largely dedicated to impressionist works of an American colony of artists who, following the footsteps of Monet, installed themselves in the nearby village of Giverny. The museum also has the distinction of being one of the few in France specializing in animal art. The pair of bronze equestrian sculptures, Chevaux Domptés, above, are the work of the New York native, Frederick McMonnies (1863-1937). MacMonnies worked in both Paris and Giverny.
dompter: to tame; to horse break
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