“Monet’s Garden” Opens at the National Gallery of Victoria

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Claude Monet made a lot of money when he started to paint haystacks and the facade of the Rouen Cathedral in the 1890s.  He used the proceeds of his works on his garden in Giverny in France, which became a lifelong obsession for the artist until his death in the mid-1920s.  As a painter, Monet harnessed his talents onto the garden, making it a virtual paradise and making it his inspiration for his own paintings.

After the restoration of Monet’s garden decades ago, it is now back to its old beauty and nature painters as well as tourists from all around the world have been flocking there. Now, more than 60 of Monet’s most beautiful works that are inspired by and dedicated to his famous garden are coming to Melbourne through the efforts of the National Gallery of Victoria as part of its Winter Masterpieces programme.

These works span for 20 years, revealing how Monet’s own style evolved from impressionism to pictorialism. Some of Monet’s best-known works are coming to Australia for the first time, including a collection of big water lily paintings and the garden motifs that became his trademark later in life. This might be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the French impressionist master’s best works in Melbourne.  See why Monet is considered to be the grand master of impressionism and why his works are among the most highly regarded and most well-loved in the art world.

The exhibit will also feature early photographs of Monet and of his garden.   Visitors will be able to get a glimpse of the man behind the artist and get to know him in his early years. The main exhibition, which will feature around 50 paintings from the Musee Marmottan Monet as well as Monet’s masterpieces owned by various private collections and some of the world’s top museums, will be presented in two sections.

The first part will feature the paintings that Monet created when the garden was still being constructed, including the Parliament; the Reflections on the Thames, which was done in 1900; and the Field of Yellow Irises at Giverny, done in 1887.

The next part will feature paintings from the latter part of Monet’s life up to 1926.

In short, the exhibit will not only feature Monet’s best works, but it will also allow you to get a glimpse of his garden as the artist envisioned it and how he saw it.  Visitors will also be able to see every aspect of the world-famous garden, including depictions of various flowers, of the weeping willow, and of the Japanese footbridge.

Towards the end of his life, Monet had two operations to remove cataracts in his eye.  Nevertheless, he continued to paint even when his eyesight was failing.  Some of these later paintings will also be on exhibit, providing visitors with a unique and rare chance to see these lesser-known works.

Do not fail to catch “The Last Day at Giverny,” which will give visitors the chance to see Monet’s garden from sunrise to sunset.  The circular filmic display will surround visitors, which will enthrall them with the garden’s beauty as it stands now.


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