The exhibition Monet showcases 60 works by the father of Impressionism that were originally kept in the artist’s beloved house in Giverney, his last home, before being donated to the Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris, by his son Michel.
Monet transformed en plein air painting into a ritual of life. Working in blazing sunshine and pouring rain, with the slightest variations in the weather and in the empire of the sun, he transformed colours into pure brushstrokes of energy. His canvases show him dissolving the rational unity of nature into an indistinct flow that is ephemeral yet dazzling.
As well as illustrating the evolution of Monet’s career, the exhibition also reflects its multiple facets and the richness of his artistic production. From the celebrated caricatures of the late 1850s to the rural and urban landscapes of London, Paris, Vétheuil, and Pourville – and of his many homes; from his portraits of his children to the canvases dedicated to the flowers in his garden; and including his ultra-modern painting of weeping willows, the path under rose trellises, the Japanese bridge and his monumental water lilies shimmering in a radiant haze with violet dust.