Denver Art Museum will host massive Monet exhibit — and will be the only U.S. museum to do so

It will be the most comprehensive exhibition of paintings by Claude Monet in the U.S. in more than 20 years.
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Claude Monet’s “Sous les Peupliers.” (Courtesy of Denver Art Museum)
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The U.S. is about to get its most comprehensive exhibition of paintings by Claude's Monet in more than 20 years, and it can only be seen in Denver.

From Oct. 20, 2019, through Feb. 2, 2020, the Denver Art Museum will present "Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature" — an exhibition with more than 100 paintings spanning the artist's entire career and focusing on his relationship with nature and responses to the places he worked, according to a press release.

The exhibition has been co-organized by the DAM and the Museum Barberini in Potsdam, Germany.

“We’re thrilled to organize and present this monumental exhibition, which will provide a new perspective on such a beloved artist,” Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM, said in the release. “Visitors will gain a better understanding of Monet’s creative process and how he distanced himself from conventions associated with the traditional landscape genre of painting.”

The paintings will occupy about 20,000 square feet across three galleries at the DAM. They've been sourced from major institutions and collections from around the world, including the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Works include "View from Rouelles" (the first painting Monet exhibited in 1858 when he was 18 years old), "The House Seen through the Roses" (completed only a few weeks before his death in 1926), "Boulevard des Capucines" (1873-74), "Under the Poplars" (1887) and "Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge" (1899)" from the Princeton University Art Museum.

“Throughout his career, Monet was indefatigable in his exploration of the different moods of nature, seeking to capture the spirit of a certain place and translating its truth onto the canvas,” Angelica Daneo, curator of European painting and sculpture at the DAM, said in the release. "Monet's constant quest for new motifs shows the artist's appreciation for nature's ever-changing and mutable character, not only from place to place, but from moment to moment, a concept that increasingly became the focus of his art."

Group tickets and event reservations will go on sale Dec. 17, 2018, and single-ticket sales will be announced at a later date.

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