Musée d'Orsay: Claude Monet (1840-1926)

Claude Monet (1840-1926)

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For over sixty years Claude Monet painted tirelessly, building up a series of paintings that embodied the true genius of the late 19th century. After his early Realist works in the 1860s, his paintings revealed the purest expression of Impressionism, before inventing, through ever sharper observation and then increasing freedom and lyricism, a whole movement in 20th-century art.

Since 1980, the date of the last great Monet retrospective in Paris, research has highlighted less well-known aspects of his work. The purpose of this exhibition is therefore to review his work from a new angle and to pay tribute to one of the greatest of all French artists.

All the genres treated by Monet are therefore represented: landscapes, still-lifes, portraits and figure paintings ... Highlighting first of all the importance of the locations he painted, his love of the land and his specific idea of a France that was undergoing major changes, the exhibition later focuses on the painter's methods and artistic strategies, around the spectacular series of Haystacks, Poplars and Cathedrals. At the same time, key themes such as repetition, memory and the question of decoration, shed new light on Monet, who throughout his life revisited, expanded and developed his first intuitive ideas.

General curator

Guy Cogeval, President of the Musée d'Orsay


Sylvie Patin, general curator, Musée d'Orsay
Sylvie Patry, curator, Musée d'Orsay
Anne Roquebert, chief curator, Musée d'Orsay
Richard Thomson, art historian

Exhibition organised and produced jointly by the Musée d'Orsay and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux.

22 September 2010 - 24 January 2011

Paris, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais

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