Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River

Claude was here.

"Argenteuil" by Claude Monet. Photo by Franck Raux© RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource/NY.

“Argenteuil” by Claude Monet. Photo by Franck Raux© RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource/NY.

Opens Sunday, June 29

The Seine River runs through France for more than 480 miles, from near the city of Dijon, through Paris and on to the English Channel. Somewhere along its path, Claude Monet first anchored his creativity into its waters.

Throughout his life, Monet painted scenes along the river. Progressively, his paintings became studies of atmosphere and light, yet the artist always captured in his work a poetic quality of the Seine that begged another look.

Viewers will have the chance to see the Seine through his eyes in the exhibition Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River at Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa. The show opened June 29.

A founder of that late 19th century art movement called Impressionism, Monet was celebrated for breaking with classical-inspired art traditions and techniques that dominated European art for ages. His method of layering heavy brush strokes of paints was far from the delicate detailing and glazing refined by such masters as Rembrandt.

Among his various subjects, Monet’s images of the Seine – painted from various locations on its banks – are among some of his most famous, and prints of his bridges, trees and water lilies are in no short supply.

Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River will include more than 50 paintings on loan from such prestigious institutions as The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Among them, they reveal Monet’s visionary genius, evolution and a remarkable ability to translate his impressions of the river he loved.

Philbrook Museum is located at 2727 S. Rockford Ave., Tulsa. Special tickets are required for this exhibition, which continues through Sept. 21. Admission is $6. For more information and regular museum admission pricing, visit www.philbrook.org.

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