This past week I was in New York on business and heard from several people that I needed to stop in and see this fantastic exhibition of late works by Claude Monet being show at the Gagosian Gallery.
The exhibition was “the most significant gathering of Monet’s late paintings to take place in New York in more than thirty years.” The gallery was packed and people thoroughly enjoyed the exhibition. Monet’s late works, though not often shown, are incredibly vibrant. CMA is lucky enought to own Weeping Willow, a very powerful late Monet we acquired as part of the Sirak collection.
It was this work, along with contemporary artist Mark Tansey’s Water Lilies that inspired our 2007 exhibition, In Monet’s Garden. The exhibition was organized by CMA in partnership with the Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris, which houses the world’s largest single holding of works by Monet and also loaned works to the Gagosian for their exhibition.
I have to admit, I was quite proud of the fact that I could say we had done an exhibition that not only explored Monet’s late works but his profound influence on generations of artists up to the current day (and we did it before New York).
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