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The Largest Monet Exhibition in 20 Years Is Coming to 1 U.S. Museum This Fall

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Claude Monet’s “Path in the Wheat Fields at Pourville (Chemin dans les blés à Pourville)” from 1882 will be among the 120 works on display at the Denver Art Museum from October 2019 through February 2020.

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Claude Monet’s “Path in the Wheat Fields at Pourville (Chemin dans les blés à Pourville)” from 1882 will be among the 120 works on display at the Denver Art Museum from October 2019 through February 2020.

This October, the Denver Art Museum will be the sole venue in the United States to host a massive collection of the artist’s work—and tickets are selling quickly.

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When Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature opens at the Denver Art Museum (DAM), the Colorado venue will be the only U.S. site to host the most comprehensive collection of the French artist’s work in more than two decades. 

From October 21, 2019, through February 2, 2020, the landmark exhibition will present approximately 120 works by Claude Monet (1840–1926), one of the celebrated founders and foremost figures of French impressionism. (This 19th-century art movement focused on everyday scenes painted with attention to atmospheric conditions, such as light flickering on water, moving clouds above the sea, or gusts of wind rustling through grassy meadows.)

For the exhibition, more than 20,000 square feet of DAM’s gallery spaces will be filled with works spanning the entirety of Monet’s career, from View from Rouelles, the first painting the French artist ever exhibited at age 18, to The House Seen through the Roses, a piece he completed in 1926 just weeks before his death. 

“View from Rouelles” (1858) was the first painting Monet ever exhibited, when he was 18 years old.

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Co-organized by DAM and the Museum Barberini in Potsdam, Germany, the exclusive show will examine Monet’s relationship with nature through his detailed depictions of the destinations he visited across Europe. “Throughout his career, Monet was indefatigable in his exploration of the different moods of nature, seeking to capture the spirit of a certain place and translating its truth onto the canvas,” said DAM’s chief curator Angelica Daneo. According to the show’s curators, Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature will pay special attention to “the increasing abandonment of any human presence” in the landscapes Monet painted, from the Normandy coast and the Mediterranean to Norway and the Netherlands. 

Monet designed the Giverny garden that appears in his 1899 painting “Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge.”

Because the Denver Art Museum will be the only U.S. venue to host the massive Monet exhibition, tickets are already selling fast. When they first became available to purchase online this June, DAM reportedly experienced its highest-ever website traffic. The museum’s senior communications manager Shadia Lemus told Colorado Public Radio News that a number of time slots—including the first full Saturday of the exhibition—sold out less than a week after going on sale. “We haven’t seen this level of excitement this far in advance of an art exhibition before at the museum,” Lemus said. “Which tells us it’s going to be a popular presentation.”

After the exhibition closes in Denver, Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature will move to Museum Barberini in Potsdam, Germany, during spring 2020.

Admission to Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature at the Denver Art Museum costs $27 for adults and $5 for youth between six and 18 years old; no charge for children ages five and under. Tickets can be purchased through DAM’s website.

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