Moffett, the associate curator at the Met who selected the exhibition, and. Wood, the director of the St.
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Louis Art Museum, which collaborated with the Met in organizing it, state the matter very well in their introduction to the catalogue. But it is nonetheless true that nature has a somewhat equivocal status in Monet's late painting. In creating his own very elaborate water garden at Giverny, he toots tne.
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We are certainly in no danger of forgetting this devotion to nature in the present exhibition, for it has been conceived as a celebration to mark the reopening of the painter's garden at Giverny scheduled for next fall. Like the paintings that derived from it, Monet's water garden was long neglected and had become a ruin. Thus, in addition to the paintings in the show, there are also numerous photographs showing this restoration as it now looks, and giving us, too, some wonderful glimpses of Monet and of his studios and garden as they were in the days when he labored in them.
Most of this documentary material discreetly confined to the introductnry gallery of the exhibition. Once we are in the presence of the paintings themselves, it is mainly the Giverny that Monet painted on canvas that we see, and it is this that holds us in its power. This is a truly great exhibition, and It is great on several levels. It is immensely pleasurable to the eye. But it is also an exhibition for the mind.
We are able to follow its progress from one version to another of his favorite motifs, and follow, too, the audacious repertory of forms that are developed out of an unremitting concentration on the minutest shifts of light and changes in the weather. And we follow the hand —that incredible hand able to devise every sort of stroke or touch the eye the mind.
One leaves this exhibition overwhelmed, not only by the grandeur of the artist's vision, but also by the heroism of the man—old, ailing, yet continuing to toil at a task no other imagination had ever conceived. It is an extraordinary experience that will live with us for a long time to come. Add to Basket. Abrams, Hardcover. Book Description Metropolitan Museum of Art, Condition: New.
Monet's years at Giverny : beyond Impressionism
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Daniel Wildenstein. Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art , This specific ISBN edition is currently not available. View all copies of this ISBN edition:. Synopsis About this title Without question Claude Monet is best known for his garden-scapes of ponds, lilies, and blankets of radiant flowers. Language Notes : Text: English, French "About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.