Gagosian Gallery present “Claude Monet: Late Work.” The most significant collection of Monet’s late paintings exhibit in New York in more than thirty years will focus on the most important late subjects drawn from his gardens at Giverny Nymphéas, Le pont japonais, and L’allée de rosiers which are among the most treasured paintings of his long and prodigious career.
The exhibition begins with a selection of early Nymphéas that were first shown in 1909 at the Galerie Durand-Ruel to great critical acclaim. From these delicate, poetic paintings follow the more experimental post-1914 paintings, which were never exhibited during the artist’s lifetime. Aggressively rendered with broad brushwork and unusual color combinations these late paintings stand in marked contrast to the more refined 1909 works, attesting to the modernity of Monet’s expanded vision.
This exhibition will be the first time that these two quite different but intimately related groups of paintings will be boldly juxtaposed, offering an unprecedented opportunity to compare and contrast the more refined early works with the freer, more experimental canvases from the artist’s later years.
The exhibition has been made possible with the generosity of the many public and private international collections willing to share key works to create this auspicious occasion. Among the participating museums from the United States, Europe, and Japan are the Art Institute of Chicago, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Fondation Beyeler, Basel, the Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris, the Pola Museum in Hakone, and Kitaykushu Museum.
An extensive illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition. It includes an essay by Paul Hayes Tucker, one of the foremost authorities on Monet and curator of the exhibition; a detailed chronology of Monet’s life and exhibitions while at Giverny written by leading Monet scholar Charles Stuckey and a compendium of historical reviews compiled by Claire Durand Ruel Snollaerts.
Text: Amura ± Photo: Cortesía Galeria Gagosian