Monet and His Modern Legacy
Related Organization: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Impressionism, the Nelson-Atkins presents Monet and his Modern Legacy—an exhibition exploring Claude Monet’s transformative impact on a later generation of American artists. Featuring three remarkable loans from the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris, and additional works by Monet, this show illuminates the paintings and their far-reaching influence on artists like Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Jules Olitski, and Jean-Paul Riopelle, among others.
Monet and his Modern Legacy not only showcases Claude Monet’s influence, but also delves into the reappraisal and significance of the artist’s late works. These paintings, including his expansive Water Lilies canvases created in his mid-70s until his passing at age 86, embodied an immersive nature that anticipated the Modernist departure from traditional easel-bound art, marking a pivotal shift in the approach to painting. While today, Monet’s late works are beloved by art enthusiasts worldwide, during Monet’s life, they were met with confusion and dismissal. Critics found them messy, blaming the artist’s failing eyesight for the perceived chaos.