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An exhibition of great wealth tracing back the artistic development of one of the most illustrious fathers of impressionism: Claude Monet. Monet, the most celebrated representative of the Impressionist movement, painted for more than sixty years: landscapes (On the Bank of the Seine, Étretat, Belle-Île…), figures, still lifes (Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe). These masterpieces, rarely loaned by the Orsay Museum, form a unique ensemble within the exhibition, alongside other paintings from major foreign collections. In 1890, Monet acquired his now famous property at Giverny. His art moved on, especially with the large format Water Lilies series. He invented his own personal path, reconciling a deep attachment to nature with evocations of his own poetic universe. Organised by the Réunion des musées nationaux and the Orsay Museum, the "Claude Monet 1840-1926" exhibition is the first monograph devoted to the artist since the major retrospective in 1980. Its international commissioners have set out to present the whole of his career, in the light of the most recent research. Bringing together 200 paintings, it will feature exclusive loans from countries all over the world including Australia, Brazil, USA, the Netherlands, and Russia.

Claude Monet. 1840-1926
Kuratoren: Guy Cogeval, Sylvie Patin, Sylvie Patry, Anne Roquebert, Richard Thomson