41 canvasses and 13 drawings will be on display from the Parisian museum of Marmottan Monet, which holds the largest Monet collection in the world. The student of Eugène Boudin, the father of impressionism, painter of modernity...
The Claude Monet exhibition opens at le Musée Mer Marine soon>
“There is not one in the whole school of 1830 that paints a landscape like him… and then there’s the water! He is the Raphael of painting water. He knows its movements, its depths, its rhythms.” Edouard Manet’s praise underlines the original influence and permanent pre-eminence of water in Monet’s work. When it isn’t the main element, such as in Impression, Sunrise- a painting that gave its name to the impressionist movement, signaling an “official” beginning for modernity in art- water often interferes or forms the counterpoint, as in Water Lilies.
This influence was born in Le Havre where Monet grew up. It was the sea that first gave him a sense of spectacle, overwhelming the senses, touching him with the deepest of feelings and it served as his benchmark. The spectacle of the sea was forever changing according to tides, the weather, the light. Courbet said as much when replying to Daubigny about one of his studies: “it is not a study of the sea so much as of time”. Monet took pains to make this distinction over the final thirty-five years of his life, making a number of series on the same subject in hundreds of different paintings, each from a particular moment on a particular day: Haystacks, Poplars, Rouen Cathedral, Houses of Parliament and, of course, his Water Lilies.
It is, therefore, not by chance that this “Raphael of the water” has been chosen as the inaugural exhibition for le Musée Mer Marine. 41 canvasses and 13 drawings will be on display from the Parisian museum of Marmottan Monet, which holds the largest Monet collection in the world. The student of Eugène Boudin, the father of impressionism, the “naturalist” painter of modernity, the “tachist” working towards abstract art: it goes without saying that this meeting with Monet is not to be missed.
- From 29/05/2019 until 06/10/2019
- 89 rue des Etrangers
- 33300 BORDEAUX
Close to a tram stop
Accessible to disabled people