The Enchantment of Monet in 50 Masterpieces

The Enchantment of Monet in 50 Masterpieces
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They’re on their way from the prestigious Musée Marmottan in Paris, the 53 paintings chosen to celebrate the Impressionism of Claude Monet at Palazzo Reale. And they’re the paintings that the artist himself loved the most - he refused repeatedly to sell them and he kept them with him until his death in is house in Giverny, like something profoundly personal. They came to the museum in the ‘60s through a donation by Paul, the son of the painter. Thanks to this generous gesture, the Marmottan - which in the meantime had changed its name to the Marmottan Monet - today, holds the most conspicuous works of the impressionist giant. Curated by the director of the French museum Marianne Mathieu, the Milanese exhibition retraces the entire career of Monet, following his studies of light. From the very first works, painted en plein air and the experiments with smaller paintings, we move to the vast scenes of nature and metropolitan life in Vetheuil, Pourville, London and Paris, to arrive at the large canvases of the mythical garden in Giverny. Complicit were the problems of the painter’s eyesight in his old age, here the enchanting colours of the flowers take form in almost-abstract brushstrokes, foreseeing the future tendencies of art. Among the masterpieces not to be missed in this itinerary are surely the Water Lillies, Parliament. Reflections of the Thames, Walk in Argenteuil and Roses, the last magic work of Monet in this exceptional visit from the halls of Marmottan.
Francesca Grego - © 2021 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano