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Claude Monet, “The Canoe on the Epte,” about 1890, oil on canvas, 52 1/2 x 57 1/2 in (133.5 x 146 cm). Collection Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand: Purchase, 1953. Inv. MASP.00092. Photo by Eduardo Ortega.

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) will be home to the most comprehensive U.S. exhibition of Monet paintings in more than two decades when it presents “Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature,” in the fall of 2019. The exhibition will feature about 120 paintings spanning Monet’s entire career and will focus on the celebrated French impressionist artist’s enduring relationship with nature and his response to the varied and distinct places in which he worked.

Co-organized by the DAM and the Museum Barberini in Potsdam, Germany, Denver will be the sole U.S. venue for this presentation, from October 21, 2019, through February 2, 2020. The exhibition will travel to the Museum Barberini in the spring of 2020.

Claude Monet, “Fishing Boats,” 1883, oil on canvas, 25 3/4 x 36 1/2 in (65.4 x 92.7 cm). Denver Art Museum: Frederic C. Hamilton Collection, bequeathed to the Denver Art Museum, 37.2017.
Claude Monet, “Fishing Boats,” 1883, oil on canvas, 25 3/4 x 36 1/2 in (65.4 x 92.7 cm). Denver Art Museum: Frederic C. Hamilton Collection, bequeathed to the Denver Art Museum, 37.2017.

Monet traveled more extensively than any other impressionist artist in search of new motifs. His journeys to varied places, including the rugged Normandy coast, the sunny Mediterranean, London, the Netherlands, and Norway, inspired artworks that will be featured in the presentation. The exhibition will uncover Monet’s continuous dialogue with nature and its places through a thematic and chronological arrangement, from the first examples of artworks still indebted to the landscape tradition, to the revolutionary compositions and series of his late years.

Claude Monet, “Landscape in Île Saint-Martin,” 1881, oil on canvas, 28 3/4 x 23 5/8 in (73 x 59.7 cm). Private collection.
Claude Monet, “Landscape in Île Saint-Martin,” 1881, oil on canvas, 28 3/4 x 23 5/8 in (73 x 59.7 cm). Private collection.

“We’re thrilled to organize and present this monumental exhibition, which will provide a new perspective on such a beloved artist,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM. “Visitors will gain a better understanding of Monet’s creative process and how he distanced himself from conventions associated with the traditional landscape genre of painting.”

Claude Monet, “Path in the Wheat Fields at Pourville,” 1882, oil on canvas, 23 x 30 1/2 in (58.4 x 77.5 cm). Denver Art Museum: Frederic C. Hamilton Collection, 2016.365.
Claude Monet, “Path in the Wheat Fields at Pourville,” 1882, oil on canvas, 23 x 30 1/2 in (58.4 x 77.5 cm). Denver Art Museum: Frederic C. Hamilton Collection, 2016.365.

The presentation of “Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature” will explore Monet’s continuous interest in capturing the quickly changing atmospheres, the reflective qualities of water and the effects of light, aspects that increasingly led him to work on multiple canvases at once. Additionally, the exhibition will examine the critical shift in Monet’s painting when he began to focus on series of the same subject, including artworks from his series of haystacks, poplars, Waterloo Bridge, and water lilies.

Claude Monet, “The Artist’s House at Argenteuil,” 1873, oil on canvas, 23 11/16 x 28 7/8 in. (60.2 x 73.3 cm). The Art Institute of Chicago: Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1933.1153. Image courtesy the Art Institute of Chicago under CC0 Public Domain Designation.
Claude Monet, “The Artist’s House at Argenteuil,” 1873, oil on canvas, 23 11/16 x 28 7/8 in. (60.2 x 73.3 cm). The Art Institute of Chicago: Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1933.1153. Image courtesy the Art Institute of Chicago under CC0 Public Domain Designation.

For more information, please visit www.denverartmuseum.org.


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