As widely known as Claude Monet's water-lilies,
haystacks, cathedrals and other subtly painted
impressions are, there is a considerable share of
the artist's work that remains completely
unknown to the museum-going public. Few
know that out of a body of 2,500 works he
produced, nearly 500 are sketchbooks, drawings
and pastels. (And for good reason: they filled the
last volume of his collected works, which was
dropped from subsequent editions!) Yet Monet
himself, during his lifetime, pretended that he
chose not to draw, or perhaps was even unable
to. A curious fabrication, and one that this
exhibition is quick to dispatch. Here are some
100 pastels and drawings from a quick, sure
hand. And these are not just preparatory
sketches; on show are also works meant as
drawings in their own right, from all periods of
Monet's seven-decade career.

Royal Academy of Arts
The Unknown Monet: Pastels and Drawings
March 17 through June 10, 2007
Burlington House, Piccadilly
London W1J OBD
T. +20 7300 8000