Monet: The late years
"During his late years, the well-traveled Monet stayed close to home, inspired by the variety of elements making up his own garden at Giverny, a village located about forty-five miles from Paris. With its evolving scenery of flower beds, footpaths, willows, wisteria, and nymphaea, the garden became a personal laboratory for the artist’s concentrated study of natural phenomena. The exhibition focussed on the series that Monet invented, and just as important, reinvented, in this setting. In the process, it reconsidered the conventional notion that many of the late works painted on a large scale were preparatory for the Grand Decorations, rather than finished paintings in their own right. Boldly balancing representation and abstraction, Monet’s radical late works redefined the master of Impressionism as a forebear of modernism.
The exhibition featured nearly 50 paintings by Claude Monet dating mainly from 1913 to 1926, the final phase of the artist’s long career."
- Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco