In 1955, one of Monet’s large format water lillies paintings entered New York’s Museum of Modern Art – where it was displayed next to works by Pollock and Rothko – and the notion of ‘abstract impressionism’ was born.
The new exhibition at the Orangerie – The Water Lilies. American Abstract Painting and the last Monet – looks at this surprising American appreciation of one of the most famous French painters in history.
However, the arrival of a large-format painting by Monet, who had died thirty years previously, at the MoMA made a huge splash. Suddenly, ‘modern’ artists discovered that their groundbreaking work and that of the French master had many similarities.
The Orangerie is the perfect museum for exploring this phenomenon, comparing American paintings with those of Monet, thanks to their Water Lillies room, a unique space where the very size of the paintings give them an almost abstract aspect.
A number of special events are programmed around the exhibition:
– a ‘Lyrical Water Lillies’ workshop to be experienced as a family (or with only adults),
– five conference, one of which is by the curator of the exhibition,
– a symposium at the Musée d’Orsay (who looks after the Orangerie) on 30th & 31st May,
– two jazz concerts on 7pm 25th May and 11pm 19th as part of Museum Night
– two film showings, and
– a special evening for 18-30-year-olds on 15th June from 6.30-10.30pm. Entitled “Monet, Pollock, Rothko and the others”, it will include music, dance and cinema, with info on the works dispalyed given by students from the Louvre’s art school.
A catalogue of the exhibition is also available (208 pages, 128 illustrations, 42€ here at amazon.fr).
“Âmes sauvages. Le symbolisme dans les pays baltes” dès le 10 avril au @MuseeOrsay, “Nymphéas. L’abstraction américaine et le dernier Monet” à partir du 13 avril à l’Orangerie : la semaine prochaine, 2 expos à découvrir de part et d’autre de la Seine ! pic.twitter.com/xjYZjV3J7g
— Musée de l’Orangerie (@MuseeOrangerie) 7 avril 2018
The exhibition The Water Lilies. American Abstract Painting and the last Monet is at the Orangerie Museum (here) from 13th April – 20th August 2018
Open every day except Tuesdays from 9am-6pm (last ticket at 5.15pm – rooms emptied at 5.45pm)
Admission: 9€ / 6.5€