The Claude Monet & Impressionism Tour at the National Gallery of Art
Oscar-Claude Monet (1840 - 1926) was a French painter, a founder of French Impressionist painting and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein air landscape painting. The term "Impressionism" is derived from the title of his painting Impression, soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise), which was exhibited in 1874 in the first of the independent exhibitions mounted by Monet and his associates as an alternative to the Salon de Paris.
Monet's ambition of documenting the French countryside led him to adopt a method of painting the same scene many times in order to capture the changing of light and the passing of the seasons. From 1883, Monet lived in Giverny, where he purchased a house and property and began a vast landscaping project which included lily ponds that would become the subjects of his best-known works. He began painting the water lilies in 1899, first in vertical views with a Japanese bridge as a central feature and later in the series of large-scale paintings that was to occupy him continuously for the next 20 years of his life.
Our program at the National Gallery of Art will cover Claude Monet’s fascinating life and enduring legacy - including what makes his artwork so unique and why he became so popular. The NGA permanent collection holds an incredible 29 works by Monet (although not all are on display at any given time) and thus it’s a great opportunity to see his work up-close and in-person. We will also cover the art that influenced Monet, and the artists he in turn influenced.
The Claude Monet collection at the National Gallery of Art:
Claude Monet on Wikipedia:
Registration: As this is a limited space event (and to reduce “no shows”) there is a $10.00 per person registration-in-advance fee / donation to attend, with proceeds supporting our Washington, DC History & Culture non-profit community programs. Full refund if the event is cancelled or if you change your RSVP to “no” at least 48 hours beforehand. You do not need to bring your ticket/confirmation with you. Upon arrival we’ll just check your name off our RSVP list.
Weather: This program is indoors and will thus take place rain or shine.
Meeting Point: 10:15 am sharp inside the Rotunda of the National Gallery of Art’s West (main) Building. The museum doors open at 10:00 which will give you time to use the restroom and/or check your coat if needed. Look for a group of friendly people and your host - wearing a cream-colored scarf. We’ll be inside the Rotunda for a few minutes before proceeding to the museum's Impressionism galleries. The Monet’s are in galleries: 90, 87, 86, 85 and 80.
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This program is presented by the non-profit community organization Washington, DC History & Culture:
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