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Highlight: The Unknown Monet — Pastels and Drawings

Highlight: The Unknown Monet — Pastels and Drawings
Claude Monet
Water Lilies, 1916-1919
Oil on canvas, 6-1/2 x 6 inches
Foundation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

Williamstown, MA

June 24–September 16, 2007

For more information visit www.clarkart.edu or call 413.458.2303

Disputing the idea that there is nothing new to say about Claude Monet (1840-1926), this exhibit draws on a body of largely unknown graphic work and recently discovered documents to throw new light on the artist's creative process. Monet denied the role of drawing in his working method in order to advance his public image as an impressionist. But new biographical information sourced from an unpublished manuscript reveals the young Monet was devoted to drawing. Over twenty pastels, three dozen drawings, and four sketchbooks shown alongside related examples of Monet's work in oil offer a new understanding of his work and life.

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