Galeries Nationales, Grand Palais, Paris
September 22 through January 24, 2011
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris
T. +33 1 44 13 17 17

Claude Monet painted without letting up for over sixty years, building up a body of work which incarnated Impressionism in its purest form and by the early twentieth century had laid the foundations of modern art. The exhibition at the Galeries Nationales reviews his entire fertile career. It is the most important exhibition on Claude Monet for nearly thirty years, following on from the major retrospective at the Galeries Nationales in 1980. Much research has been done on this artist in the intervening period, shedding light on little-known aspects of his work. Organised along thematic and chronological lines, the exhibition covers Monet’s career from his
beginnings in the 1860s to his last paintings related to the Water Lily cycle in the Musée de l’Orangerie.

Gathering nearly two hundred works, this retrospective will surprise, challenge and delight visitors with famous works and less well-known paintings but also with unaccustomed comparisons and new groupings of works seldom seen before. The exhibition also seeks to take a fresh look at a great artist who made the transition from the nineteenth to the twentieth century.