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Legion of Honor Museum
February 6, 2017

Monet: The Early Years at Legion of Honor

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On view Feb. 25 - May 29 2017, at the Legion of Honor, Monet: The Early Years is the first major U.S. exhibition devoted to the initial phase of Claude Monet's career. Through approximately 60 paintings, this exhibition demonstrates the radical invention that marked Monet's development during his formative years, 1858 - 1872. In this period, the young painter developed his unique visual language and technique, creating striking works that manifest his interest in painting textures and the interplay of light upon surfaces.

Exhibition Information

This exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Monet's mastery before Impressionism, and includes paintings that are profoundly daring and surprising. Depictions of moments both large and small offer new revelations about an artist that many consider to be ubiquitous. Monet: The Early Years demonstrates his early command of many genres, not only landscapes but also still lifes, portraits and genre scenes.

Works on display are gathered from some of the most important international collections, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and others. Included is the first painting Monet exhibited in public, View near Rouelles (1858, Marunuma Art Park, Asaka, Japan), created when he was just 18 years old. Also on view is An Oak at Bas-Breau, the Bodmer (1865, private collection), a particularly fine treatment of a forest interior, being shown publicly for only the second time. Notable other works presented include large-scale figure painting Luncheon on the Grass (1865–1866, Musée d’Orsay); a touching portrait of his son, Jean Monet Sleeping (1867–1868, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen); and Regatta at Argenteuil (1872, Musée d’Orsay), displaying the looser handling of paint that Monet would further develop in the successive phases of his career.

Ticket Information

Monet: The Early Years is on view Feb. 25 - May 29, 2017 in the Legion's Rosekrans Court, Special Exhibition Galleries.  Tickets for this special exhibition include general admission, and are available on-site and online. Please note, however, that advance reservations are highly recommended, as a limited number of timed-entry tickets are available. Guests are encouraged to arrive 15 to 30 minutes ahead of the time noted on your ticket, so as to best enjoy time in the galleries.

Groups of 10 or more may be eligible for special pricing and tours. For more information, please visit Group Sales at the Legion of Honor.

Image: Claude Monet, On the Bank of the Seine, Bennecourt, 1868. Oil on canvas, 81.5 x 100.7 cm (32 1/16 x 39 5/8 in.). The Art Institute of Chicago, Potter Palmer Collection. 1922.427. Photography © The Art Institute of Chicago.

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