“Monet: The Late Years" will feature fifty paintings by Claude Monet dating mainly from 1913 to 1926, the final phase of the artist’s long career. During his late years, the well-traveled Monet stayed close to home, inspired by the variety of elements making up his own garden at Giverny, a village located about 45 miles from Paris. With its evolving scenery of flower beds, footpaths, willows, wisteria, and nymphaea, the garden became a personal laboratory for the artist’s concentrated study of natural phenomena. The exhibition will focus on the series of paintings that Monet invented, and just as important, reinvented, in this setting. In the process, it will reconsider the conventional notion that many of the late works painted on a large scale were preparatory for the Grand Decorations, rather than finished paintings in their own right. Boldly balancing representation and abstraction, Monet’s radical late works redefined the master of Impressionism as a forebear of modernism.
During World War I, Monet remained at Giverny, where he continued painting even though he could hear gunfire from the Western Front. At the end of World War I, Monet announced his intention to present his Grand Decorations to the French government as an artistic monument to peace.
Please come join your fellow Dartmouth alums for what should be a great experience, as we have been fortunate to arrange for a private, docent-led tour early in the exhibit’s run. And please note: as an added bonus, our admission entitles us to visit the Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey exhibit upstairs from the Monet.
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