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MONET’S GARDEN: THE MUSÉE
MARMOTTAN MONET, PARIS
Artists encourage us to see the
world differently. We see the
unfolding low scrubby bush of
Australia through the frame provided
by Fred Williams, the South of France as
a series of Van Gogh staccato brush marks,
and for anyone born into the western
cultural tradition it would be difficult to
see waterlilies other than through the lens
of one of the most popular painters of the
nineteenth century. Claude Monet spent
the last years of his long life surrounded
by his ever-expanding garden at Giverny,
where he worked on his enormous
waterlily paintings in a specially built
studio. “My garden is my most beautiful
masterpiece,” Monet explained, but the
works that emerged have a life and an
insight that has charged the western
imagination and encouraged us all to find
beauty in our surroundings.
The current exhibition at the National
Gallery of Victoria includes more than fifty
masterpieces from the Musée Marmottan
Monet in Paris, as well as other paintings
from leading international museums
and private collections around the world.
It takes visitors on a journey through the
paintings Monet created in his famous
garden, beginning with his arrival in
Giverny in 1883, until the late lily pond
masterpieces of shifting light and colour
painted just before his death in 1926.
National Gallery of Victoria,
May 10-September 8.
TOP Waterlilies (Nymphéas) (1916–19), by Claud e
Monet. Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris. Gift of Michel
Monet, 1966 (inv. 5164).
BELOW Waterlilies and ag apanthus (Nymphéas et agap anthes)
(1914–17), by Claude Monet. Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris.
Gift of Michel Monet, 1966 (inv. 5084). © Musée Marmottan
Monet, Paris, © Bridgeman-Giraudon/Presse.
BOTTOM Waterlilies, evening effect (Nymphéas, effet du soi r)
(1897), by Claude Monet. Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris. Gift
of Michel Monet, 1966 (inv. 5167). © Musée Marmottan Monet,
Paris, © Bridgeman-Giraudon/Presse.
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