Once again, the Young Museum spoils us with a beautiful temporary exhibition about Monet from February 16 to May 27, 2019 !
More than 60 pieces are exhibited and no less than 20 paintings come directly from the Marmottan Museum in Paris, the largest Monet collection in the world. For the record, Michel Monet, second son of the painter, gave in 1966 the property of Giverny to the Academy of Fine Arts and the collection of paintings inherited from his father to the Marmottan Museum.
This exhibition is a real opportunity to discover this great painter with our children and allow us to rediscover what we have not seen yet.
Focused on the last years of the life of the painter (1913-1926), the exhibition transports us directly to the gardens of Giverny. Settled in Normandy since 1890, Monet has had the time to enlarge his garden, to embellish it and to have it maintained by no less than eight gardeners.
From 1914, bereaved by the death of his wife and his eldest son, Monet focuses on water lilies, the transparency of the water and paints larger and larger formats. He also decides to re-invent himself by painting more and more abstractly with a more “raw” force in his strokes. This is what you will see in the paintings presented from Room 2.
It’s in the third room that we realize the trick of the installation that allows us to feel the depth of the paintings : Monet having decided to switch to very large formats, the Museum of Young wanted to make us look at the paintings from afar. The cartels have been printed in very large fonts so that we do not have to come close to read them.
Aging, suffering from cataracts, Monet goes back to work on easel making series again. He paints Japanese bridge, weeping willows and roses but with a different intensity, much more abstract.
The art market having been deeply disturbed by the World War I, most of the paintings presented in the last room are not signed; they had no buyer at the time and had never even been seen until his son gave them to Marmottan in the 60’s.
If this beautiful exhibition drives you to discover Giverny during a stay in France, do not hesitate but do not forget to keep some time to visit the Museum of Impressionism which is right next door. You will discover other great names of this period.
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