Kimbell Art Museum presents "Monet: The Late Years"
Kimbell Art Museum and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will present "Monet: The Late Years," the first exhibition in more than 20 years dedicated to the final phase of Monet’s career. Through approximately 60 paintings, the exhibition will trace the evolution of Monet’s practice from 1913, when he embarked on a reinvention of his painting style that led to increasingly bold and abstract works, up to his death in 1926.
Assembled from major public and private collections in Europe, the United States and Asia, including the holdings of the Fine Arts Museums and the Kimbell, "Monet: The Late Years" will include more than 20 examples of Monet’s beloved water lily paintings. In addition, the exhibition will showcase many other extraordinary and unfamiliar works from the artist’s final years, several of which will be seen for the first time in the United States. Majestic panoramas will be displayed alongside late easel paintings, demonstrating Monet’s continued vitality and variety as a painter. This exhibition will redefine Monet, widely known as the greatest landscape painter of the Impressionists, as one of the most original artists of the modern age.
"Monet: The Late Years" focuses on the period when the artist, his life marked by personal loss, deteriorating eyesight and the threat of surrounding war, remained close to home to paint the varied elements of his garden at Giverny. His worsening vision and a new ambition to paint on a large scale stimulated fundamental changes in the tonality and intensity of his palette, toward vivid color combinations and broader, more apparent application of paint. The complex surfaces of his canvases reveal layers of activity spread out over the course of days, months and years. The result was a remarkable new body of work with increasingly feverish, dramatic brushwork. Far removed from his earlier, more representational production, the artist’s late paintings close in on a stylistic threshold into abstraction.