National Gallery Hosting Landmark Monet Exhibition
By Phoebe Ollerearnshaw
This spring, the National Gallery bestows a landmark show upon their culture-hungry guests. For the first time in more than 20 years, an exhibition purely dedicated to Claude Monet will reside in London. The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Monet & Architecture will display from 9 April to 29 July 2018, looking at the artist’s work from a refreshingly new perspective. In most circles, Monet is remembered best for his depictions of visceral landscapes, billowing seas and tranquil gardens—the National Gallery aims to change this. With 75 works of art, the institution asks visitors to consider Monet’s attitude to architecture through the ages. It begins by mapping his youthful depictions of the suburbs of Paris and leads to his mature representations of Venice and London. More specifically, the retrospective will be divided into three sections: ‘The Village and the Picturesque’, ‘The City and the Modern’ and ‘The Monument and the Mysterious’. Almost a quarter of the artwork included within the exhibition is rare and little known to the public and has been sourced from private collections.