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The Art of Claude Monet Transformed at the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud

Published on , by Valentin Grivet

The result of a partnership with the Musée Marmottan in Paris, this exhibition does not aim to revolutionize the discourse on Impressionism, but provides a highly informative journey through the painter’s world with some 30 works encapsulating the development of his art.

Claude Monet, Yellow and Purple Irises, c. 1924-1925, oil on canvas, 106 x 155 cm/41.7... The Art of Claude Monet Transformed at the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud

Claude Monet, Yellow and Purple Irises, c. 1924-1925, oil on canvas, 106 x 155 cm/41.7 x 61 in. Paris, Musée Marmottan Monet.
© Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris

What can be said about Claude Monet that isn’t already known? "It's about looking at the painting, beyond the subject. To understand how he moved from representing landscapes to the invention of a purely pictorial space," says Marianne Mathieu, scientific director at the Musée Marmottan Monet, which is the partner of the Fontevraud exhibition. While the paintings are well known (The Pont de l’Europe, The Seine at Port-Villez, and variations on the Japanese Bridge), they are revealed here in a different way, through confrontations and an intelligent staging that alternates between large and more intimate rooms (the duo formed by Fields of Yellow Irises in Giverny and White Clematis; the two sublime Wisterias in panoramic format facing each other). "We wanted to encourage immersion and meditation by emphasizing the decorative aspect of certain compositions. Monet was a painter and stage designer," says Gatien Du Bois, project manager at the Fontevraud Museum of Modern Art and co-curator of the exhibition with Dominique Gagneux. “When he conceived the Water Lilies cycle for the Orangerie Museum in Paris, Monet himself designed the space especially to highlight the works.” At the same time as this summer exhibition, you should also visit the museum's permanent collections, where the treasures of the Cligman Collection are now on display. All this in the spellbinding setting of the abbey, where you can rediscover the buildings and gardens through a contemporary creation tour devised by Emmanuel Morin, artistic and cultural director of the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud. A journey through a thousand years of history, from the 11th to the 21st century!

Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, Fontevraud-l'Abbaye (Loire Valley).
Until September 18, 2022.
www.fontevraud.fr
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