Docent Lecture: "Monet: The Early Years", by Carol Porter
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Claude Monet, La Grenouillère, 1869. Oil on canvas, 29 3/8 x 39 1/4 in. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.112). Image: www.metmuseum.org
Front Entrance of Museum
Monet: The Early Years is the first major US exhibition devoted to the initial phase of Claude Monet’s (French, 1840–1926) career. Through approximately sixty paintings, the exhibition demonstrates the radical invention that marked the artist’s development during his formative years of 1858 to 1872. In this period, the young painter developed his unique visual language and technique, creating striking works that manifested his interest in painting textures and the interplay of light upon surfaces.
This exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Monet’s mastery before Impressionism, and includes paintings that are profoundly daring and surprising. Depictions of moments both large and small, with friends and loved ones, in the solitude of forests and fields and in the quiet scenes of everyday, offer new revelations about an artist that many consider to be ubiquitous.
With a selection of works gathered from some of the most important international collections – the Musée d’Orsay, Paris; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and other public and private collections worldwide – Monet: The Early Years authoritatively demonstrates the artist’s early command of many genres, not only the landscapes for which he has become so renowned but also still lifes, portraits, and genre scenes.
Free after museum admission. No reservations required.
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