The concept of place played a pivotal role in Monet’s work. He sought to depict light as it changed with the weather, the seasons, or the time of day, imprinting itself on the formal outlines of each different landscape. He wanted to capture that which lay between the motif and him. In doing so, he did not shy away from challenges: Time and again, he deliberately sought topographies that were extremely difficult to render.
Monet. Places is one of the most extensive retrospectives that a German museum has ever dedicated to this major proponent of French impressionism. Featuring more than 100 works, it explores the places that have influenced Monet’s painting— from the metropolis of Paris and the Seine villages of Argenteuil, Vétheuil, and Giverny to travel destinations such as London or Venice. The exhibition presents numerous key works from all phases of his prolific career and is the first show to examine Monet’s artistic development through his choice and conception of place.
An exhibition of the Museum Barberini, Potsdam, in collaboration with the Denver Art Museum, Denver.
Under the patronage of H. E. Anne-Marie Descôtes, Ambassador of France to Germany.