Monet, An Eye for Landscapes- Innovation in 19th Century French Landscape Paintings

Pola Museum of Art

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Cezanne once said that Monet was “only an eye- yet what an eye,” a fitting description for Monet’s life-long pursuit of portraying outdoor light. Yet Monet did more than simply depict momentary impressions of natural landscapes. In his late years he called upon his own distilled memories to create scenes full of evocative artistic vision. His paintings also imagined space with a different perspective than works of the past.

The National Museum of Western Art and the Pola Museum of Art own several Monet collections in Japan and have held exhibitions focusing on the artist’s use of light and color, his “broken color” brushstroke technique, and his representation of modern cities. Now they jointly present a show that examines the seminal impressionist’s spacial composition with an emphasis on his eye for landscape imagery. With 36 Monets and a total of 100 works from both collections divided into five sections, it compares Monet’s paintings with those of major contemporaries such as Picasso and Manet and illuminates Monet’s unique use of space.

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Special Gallery Talk
Date: 7/20 (Sat) 14:00-15:00
Speaker: Megumi Jingaoka (Head curator at the National Museum of Western Art)

Gallery Talks
Dates: 8/20 (Tues), 9/21 (Sat), 10/19 (Sat) 14:00-14:30
Venue: Pola Museum of Art
Capacity: First 30

Happy Birthday, Monet!
A three-day festival in honor of the artist’s birthday
Date: 11/14 (Thurs)-11/16 (Sat)


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From 2013-07-13 To 2013-11-24
Open every day during exhibition period.



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