Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018

Pavia shows 'heart of Monet'


(By Denis Greenan).
Rome, September 3 - A major exhibition on Claude
Monet at the Scuderie del Castello di Pavia from September 14 to
December 15 sets out to illustrate so-far neglected aspects of
the life and career of the great French Impressionist painter.
'Monet au coeur de la vie' (Monet At The Heart Of Life)
boasts 50 works, 40 by Monet, including loans from the Museé
d'Orsay in Paris, the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio, the
Johannesburg Art Gallery and Bucharest's MNAR museum.
Rarely seen Japanese silk-screen prints which inspired Monet
are on show alongside a wide selection of letters from the Museé
des Lettres e des Manuscripts in Paris.
The show has been organised under the aegis of the French
embassy in Italy and the Institut Francais de Culture in Milan.
It is curated by Philippe Cros.
Cros said he had attempted to select the art works and
documents so as to "recount, to the fullest extent possible, the
major stages of artistic production of the master from his
formative years up till the effulgent glory of his late
The Pavia exhibition is, therefore, a journey through
Monet's life, told not only by the evolution of his painting but
also through the voices of key figures he encountered along the
way, shaping his personal and artistic development.
A series of video-installations help the visitor through
the key moments of the life (1840-1926) of the artist who helped
found the Impressionist movement.
These kick off with his first steps in painting, narrated
by his father Adolphe Monet, with whom he had a stormy
relationship because of his impetuous personal and professional
The visitor can examine correspondence from Monet's first
teacher, Eugene Boudin, which highlights his experiments with
painting 'en plein air'.
Some of the works on show convey Boudin's influence, such
as 'Bateaux à Etretat' (Boats at Etretat).
Monet's first wife, Camille Doncieux, played a key part in
his ever more daring production from 1860 to 1879, as both his
muse and favourite model, until her premature death at the age
of 32.
Monet's open-air painting techniques and studies of light
were honed by his long walks along the Seine and trips to the
seaside, also documented in letters on show in Pavia, as well as
shining through in such landmark works as 'Bateaux de peche a
Honfleur' (Fishing Boat at Honfleur), 'La gare d'Argenteuil'
(Argenteuil Station) and 'Printemps' (Spring).
Other letters include those from politician and statesman
Georges Clemenceau, the many-time premier with whom Monet forged
a close friendship in his later years.
It was Clemenceau, in fact, who commissioned the famous
series of water-lily paintings for the Orangerie in Paris.
The artist's second wife, Alice Hoschedé, describes to the
visitor Monet's continual journeys in search of new stimuli,
inspiration and subjects, including his trip to Norway, when he
studied the effects of light on snow.
His and Alice's daughter Blanche, the only student Monet
ever had, winds up the show by recounting her father's virtually
obsessive love for his fabled garden at his home in Giverny.

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