Claude Monet

Till 6. January 2019

NEW: Exhibition will open its doors at 9 a.m.

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Claude Monet (1840–1926) stands like no other painter for the impressionist style, and as the French “Master of Light”, he was also a central pioneer of 20th-century painting. He painted by the seaside, at Normandy’s rugged coastal cliffs, and on the banks of the Seine, with the water surfaces in his pictures reflecting the bright, vivid colors of lush vegetation in his summer landscapes and the frozen fog’s mysterious grey and blue in his winter ones. Monet’s light and colors change on the canvas in accordance with nature’s constant transformation, as well as the diversity of atmospheric impressions that the painter gleaned from his motifs—and it was his urge to capture this diversity that moved him to paint many such motifs in series.

The Albertina is devoting a large monographic exhibition to Claude Monet’s treatment of color, which has seen little examination to date, as well as to the painter’s passionate fascination with the world of plants and water in the garden of his country home in Giverny. Three paintings from the museum’s own holdings as well as important loan works from international museums and private collections illuminate Monet’s development from realism to impressionism and onward to a mode of painting in which colors and light gradually separate from the subjects that reflect them, with the motif breaking free from mere observation of nature. Eventually, albeit only after Monet’s death, these late works would pave the way for abstract expressionism in painting.

On view from 21 September 2018 until 6 January 2019. This exhibition is realized with the generous support of the Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris.

Image Gallery – 19 Images
Claude Monet | On the Beach at Trouville, 1870 | Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris / The Bridgeman Art Library
Claude Monet | On the Beach at Trouville, 1870 | Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris / The Bridgeman Art Library
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Exhibition catalogue Claude Monet

Claude Monet. A Floating World.

More than any other artist, Claude Monet represents Impressionist painting. This volume illustrates Monet’s career from Realism via Impressionism to a form of painting in which the colours and light gradually become detached from the object. Focus is laid on his passionate exploration of the landscape along the Seine, the coasts of France and the motifs of his garden in Giverny.

Claude Monet. A Floating World
Ed. by Heinz Widauer and Dieter Buchhart
272 pages
28,5 x 24,5 cm / Hardcover
German EUR 32,90
English EUR 34,90

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