For his landscape paintings, Claude Monet revisited the same places over and over again and completed extensive series of works from a single location. During his travels he created numerous paintings at the coast of Normandy, in Zaandam in the Netherlands or in London and Venice. He was not interested in picturesque landmarks but in the changing light and weather conditions and the different effects they had on these particular places.

He took pleasure in motifs such as parks, gardens, and waterlilies that surrounded him where he lived in Paris, Argenteuil, Vétheuil, and Giverny, using them to further his exploration of light and color. Organized in cooperation with the Denver Art Museum the exhibition will be shown in Denver under the title Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature from October 20, 2019 to February 2, 2020.

From February 22 to June 1, 2020, the Museum Barberini in Potsdam will host a large-scale retrospective on French Impressionist artist Claude Monet (1840–1926). Assembling over 100 paintings from all phases of his long and prolific career, the exhibition Monet: Places explores his approach towards the depiction of sites and topographies that influenced his stylistic development, including Paris and London, the Seine villages of Argenteuil, Vétheuil and Giverny, the coasts of Normandy and Brittany as well as Southern travel destinations such as Bordighera, Venice, and Antibes. Amongst the show’s many highlights are numerous depictions of Monet’s garden and pond in Giverny, including numerous variations of his world-famous water-lilies. Throughout, the exhibition focusses on two core themes: firstly, Monet’s approach to the age-old concept of “genius loci”, or the idea that a specific aura or atmosphere almost magically inhabits certain locations, and secondly, his keenly experimental plein-air exploration of landscapes in situ and the challenges and rewards this strategy afforded.

Museum Barberini

Alter Markt

Humboldtstraße 5–6

14467 Potsdam, Germany

https://www.museum-barberini.com/en/

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