“Above all I wanted to be truthful and exact. For me a landscape hardly exists at all as a landscape, because its appearance is constantly changing… You have to know how to seize just the right moment in a landscape instantaneously, because that particular moment will never come again, and you’re always wondering if the impression you got was truthful.” Claude Monet
On Saturday, Nick and I went to the Denver Art Museum. We knew that the Monet exhibit was sold out, but asked about it anyway. The woman at the counter recommended that we look at the calendar on the website every once in a while to see if anyone had cancelled their tickets due to the weather. Nick looked at his phone and everything appeared booked through January 4th. Seconds later, Nick refreshed his phone and there they were: 2 tickets to the 11:45 AM Monet exhibit which was to start in 15 minutes from the time we purchased the tickets. I’ll be sharing some photos from the exhibit. It’s really difficult to photograph art!
Some information about the exhibit from the Museum:
“The Denver Art Museum is home to the most comprehensive U.S. exhibition of Monet paintings in more than two decades. Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature features more than 120 paintings spanning Monet’s entire career and focuses on the celebrated French Impressionist artist’s enduring relationship with nature and his response to the varied and distinct places in which he worked.
Monet traveled more extensively than any other Impressionist artist in search of new motifs. His journeys to varied places including the rugged Normandy coast, the sunny Mediterranean, London, the Netherlands, and Norway inspired artworks that will be featured in the presentation. This exhibition uncovers Monet’s continuous dialogue with nature and its places through a thematic and chronological arrangement, from the first examples of artworks still indebted to the landscape tradition to the revolutionary compositions and series of his late years.
Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature explores Monet’s continuous interest in capturing the quickly changing atmospheres, the reflective qualities of water, and the effects of light, aspects that increasingly led him to work on multiple canvases at once. Additionally, the exhibition examines the critical shift in Monet’s painting when he began to focus on series of the same subject, including artworks from his series of Haystacks, Poplars, Waterloo Bridge, and Waterlilies.
Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature also delves into the artist’s increasing abandonment of any human presence in the landscapes he created, a testimony to his commitment to isolate himself in nature. This creative process simultaneously established an intimacy with his subject, which culminated later in Giverny, where he created his own motif through meticulous planning, planting, and nurturing of his flowers and plants, which he then translated onto the canvas.” Denver Art Museum