Monet's Garden in Giverny: Inventing the Landscape
May 1 to August 15, 2009
During the 1880s, the French Impressionist group began to disband, and artists worked in isolation from one another. The apparent spontaneity which caracterized their pictures gave way to a working method that was more meditative and complex.
After several difficult years, Claude Monet’s career took a favorable turn when he settled in Giverny in 1883. It was there that he began to encounter true success and to be recognized as one of the major painters of his time. For Monet, this new life began with a profound renewal of his work.
After having earned attention as the initiator of impressionism – the most significant artistic revolution of the nineteenth century – Monet would become one of the major French painters of the twentieth century. His garden in Giverny was at the heart of this evolution. Inventing a motif that he would paint for the rest of his life, the artist in effect reversed the traditional approach of the landscape painter.
The exhibition was divided into three sections and included approximately thirty paintings, thirty photographs and numerous archival documents. Entirely devoted to the garden of Giverny, the exhibition emphasized this essential phase in the artistic career of Claude Monet.