May 2012 Issue
The Cincinnati Art Museum celebrates the artistry of Claude Monet and the place he called home.
“These landscapes of water and reflections have become my obsession. They are quite beyond the powers of an old man, and despite everything I want to succeed in conveying what I feel.” — Claude Monet, 1883.
Water Lilies (Nympheas), 1907
Courtesy of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Nympheas, Japanese Bridge, 1918-1926
Courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Wisteria (Glycines) 1919-1920
Courtesy of the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College
Courtesy of The Dayton Art Institute
Weeping Willow, 1918
Courtesy of the Columbus Museum of Art
Water Lilies, 1916-1919
Jean Paul Torno
Le Bassin des Nympheas, 1904
Courtesy of the Denver Art Museum
Wisteria 1 and 2, 1920
Jean Paul Torno
There’s something magical about a Monet painting. Just one look and you’re transported to a place of peace, whether it’s a hillside filled with wildflowers or a pond overflowing with flora.
In no time, the sense of calm that pervaded Monet’s work will envelop you, too.
Through May 12, the Cincinnati Art Museum celebrates the talents of the renowned 19th-century impressionist painter with “Monet in Giverny: Landscapes of Reflection,” a retrospective comprising a dozen of his most famous images — including the iconic images of the Japanese footbridge, water lilies and wisteria.
“Monet’s work truly appeals to the senses,” muses Benedict Leca, the Cincinnati Art Museum’s curator of European Painting, Sculpture and Drawing. “From the very beginning of his career, he understood reflection. His early work is defined by shimmering, moving water.
“But,” the curator adds, “in later years, the artist shifted to a more contemplative, reflective practice. The crispness he used to depict fleeting light conditions in early works gave way to a preoccupation with pattern, overall effect and visual impact.”
The result: a mood that’s irresistible.
This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.