NYBG Celebrates Monet

Submitted by ub on Wed, 05/02/2012 - 17:26

Monet's Garden - May 19-October 21/ This stunning tribute to French Impressionist Claude Monet showcases a seasonally changing interpretation of the garden that inspired his art. In addition, two rarely seen paintings by the artist--one of which has never been shown in the United States--will be on exhibition, and films, concerts, poetry readings, and hands-on art for kids will provide rich insight into the life and work of this renowned master.

Claude Monet was an avid gardener who once reflected that perhaps flowers were the reason he became a painter. This exhibition explores the legacy of his idyllic garden in Giverny, France, transforming the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory into a floral masterpiece of diverse plants, bold colors, and dramatic design. Starting in July, Monet’s most famous subjects, water lilies, many of them the varieties he grew, are featured in the Conservatory Courtyard Pools.

Painted at Giverny by Claude Monet, two paintings--one which has never been publicly exhibited in the United States--will be on display in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library’s Rondina Gallery during Artist in the Garden. Other rare Monet artifacts including the artist’s palette, bills of sale for his plants, letters, historic photographs, and more will also be on display.

Seasons of Giverny, photographic portraits of Monet's iconic garden, taken by the acclaimed photographer Elizabeth Murray, will be on display in the Ross Gallery revealing the beauty of Monet’s garden as it exists now.

In the Everett Children's Adventure Garden, kids discover their inner artist with music, drawing, observation, and painting. Also on view: an exhibition by students from Studio in a School. Stroll the Jane Watson Irwin Perennial Garden to read and hear about French Impressionist poets, including Mallarmé and Rimbaud.