CLAUDE MONET. The Ephemeral
The ephemeral, the ever transforming, the changes of light, of atmosphere and of the seasons: Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) succeeded like almost no other artist to capture the perception of fleeting moments on the canvas.
Now about 100 paintings of this master of impressionism are on display at the Albertina Museum in Vienna. The exhibition, displaying works from the very early years up to his late oeuvre at Giverny, enables us to experience a painter who over his livetime had a strong connection to the water as the transforming media par excellence.
The light effects of water in all its states and shades (as the sea, rivers, ponds, as snow and ice, in turbulent agitation or as a smooth reflecting surface), the cathedral of Rouen, the shining boulevards of Paris, the famous Water Lilies: Monet dedicated entire series of works to many of his subjects.
About 100 paintings have been brought together, 3 of which are from the Albertina’s own collection, the rest coming from 40 international institutions and collections, among others the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, the National Gallery London, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Pushkin Museum of Moscow and the National Museum of Western Art Tokyo.
The largest part of the loans comes from the Marmottan Monet Museum in Paris which is a part of the Académie des Beaux Arts that holds the estate of Claude Monet and has the largest collection of Monet’s later work. (written by Cem Angeli)https://www.albertina.at/