Tour #2 – DeYoung Museum Thursday, April 4, 2019


Monet: The Late Years features 50 paintings by Claude Monet dating mainly from 1913 to 1926

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MONET: The Late Years and GAUGUIN: A Spiritual Journey at the S.F. De Young Museum

Monet: The Late Years features 50 paintings by Claude Monet dating mainly from 1913 to 1926, the final phase of his long career, including 20 works from the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris. 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 some 45 miles northwest of Paris.

With its evolving scenery of flower beds, footpaths, willows, wisteria, and nymphaea, the garden became a personal laboratory for the artist’s sustained study of natural phenomena. The exhibition focuses on the series that Monet invented, and just as important, reinvented, in this setting. It reconsiders 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.

Also, on view for the first time in San Francisco is an exceptional display of more than fifty Gauguin paintings, wood carvings, and ceramics from the renowned collections of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen.

The exhibition explores Gauguin’s inner quests and imaginings—his spiritual journey—and how his intimate relationships with his wife, other artists, and people he encountered during his sojourns shaped his experiences, his work, and his development as an artist.

Our visit to De Young begins with a docent tour of Monet. Afterwards you are free to visit the Gauguin Exhibit, and to explore the museum’s regular collections. Enjoy lunch on your own at the De Young Cafe.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

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