The exhibition "Claude Monet", starting on September 21, until January 6, 2019, settled in the Vienna Albertina. The large-scale exhibition was arranged with the impressive support of the Marmottan-Monet Museum in Paris, which provided about 100 masterpieces. The rest of the works are borrowed from forty international museums and private collections, including the Orsay Museum, the National Portrait Gallery of London, the Pushkin Museum.
Albertina proudly notes that this is the first major exhibition of Claude Monet in Austria in the last 20 years.
Claude Monet was called "the father of impressionism", "master of light", who was original not only in his painting technique, but in his general and passionate research hobby. Places along the banks of the Seine, the coast of France, the garden in Giverny, the architecture of cities, the watery surface, the bright and lush vegetation of summer landscapes and the mysterious gray-blue mists are winter ... Literally all the themes and motifs of Monet's work are not just presented in all their magnificence, but also shown in development.
Thus, the works at the exhibition highlight the revolutionary transition in the artist's work from realism to impressionism and then to that painting, in which color and light are gradually separated from the objects that reflect them ... Pictures with free plastic, special vision and approach to the image of nature. These late works of Monet, many years after the artist’s death, paved the way for abstract expressionism in painting.
- Claude Monet. "Embankment of the Louvre", 1867
- Claude Monet. Capuchin Boulevard, 1873
It is difficult to imagine now that the young Oscar - that is what they called him, Oscar Claude Monet, as a child - could not bear landscapes, open airs and did not understand how you could seriously engage in drawing nature.
Claude Monet was born in Paris, but he spent his childhood in Le Havre ... He did not want to study at all, he did not accept the restrictions and frameworks imposed by the college and his family. The young Oscar quickly found something that could be done for his own pleasure - cartoons of 15-year-old artist Claude Monet residents of Le Havre bought 20 francs for each (for comparison, 15 - 20 years later Monet would be happy to sell sometimes 50 francs for his work) ... ” biographical sketch of the artist and notes about the master and his works at Arthive.The exhibition in Vienna is remarkable for another accent, except for chronology. Monet did not care about the changeable event world. "He is an artist who was not interested in big events, only nature ... The whole exhibition is built around (the elements) of water," says Albertina director Klaus Albrecht Schröder. And although you can see early portraits along with such masterpieces as “Rouen Cathedral” in the exhibition, works with the image of the water surface on the exhibition clearly dominate. And even if it can “present” snow in Vetey Sena - it is changeable, like flowing water. And Monet is investigating it.Claude Monet. Church in Vetej, snow, 1878−1879.
Orsay Museum, Paris.
Claude Monet. Eagle Rock, view from Port d'Aval, 1886, oil on canvas. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Visiting the hall, replete with views of the steep cliffs of Normandy, we do not meet with the artist-traveler, and with the artist-contemplative. He, as if chained to the same object, examines and depicts him many times, at different times of the year, days, with different lighting. At the same time, “autonomy of funds increases the independence” of color solutions (Schroeder).
The presentation of a series of paintings (“Croes Valley”, “Haystack”, images of the British Parliament and Rouen Cathedral) is the main leitmotif of the exhibition.
Finally, an impressive finale: after several world-famous paintings with water lilies (including those from the Butliner collection), visitors can also see paintings from the late period of the master's work: “House among the Roses” and “Japanese Bridge”, painted by an almost blind 80-year-old an artist.The colors become dark, autumn ... And the water lilies and the bridge are already barely distinguishable in the flowery chaos of smears. "Comparable to the late work of deaf Beethoven," these paintings became known only after Monet's death, Schroeder said. They clearly indicate the next epoch of the history of art - abstract expressionism. As for any powerful artistic movement, it is impossible for expressionism to give an exact date or year of birth. It is impossible to draw a line on the map and indicate the territory in which expressionism was born and matured. All about. In addition to one reinforced concrete space-time characteristics: northern Europe on the eve of the First World War. Expressionism is an avant-garde art movement, a new tragic world view and a whole body of significant motifs, symbols and myths. And, by the way, this is a revolutionary reaction not only to the worn, lifeless traditional academic art, but also to the bright, idyllic, southern impressionistic "appearance" of the world.House among the RosesClod Monet1925Japanese BridgeClod Monet1924Exhibition Claude Monet Works in Albertina
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According to the materials of the official website of the Albertina Museum. Main illustration: Staircase of the Albertina Museum (photo is the official museum page on Twitter).