In 2016, the Kimbell Art Museum had an exhibit called “Monet: The Early Years,” featuring works from the first 10 years of impressionist Claude Monet’s professional career.
“These paintings are not signature Monet,” Star-Telegram contributor (and former staff art critic) Gaile Robinson wrote at the time. “They are not the pretty, sun-dappled, pastel-colored fields, cathedrals and ponds that have found their way to countless calendars.”
The Kimbell planned to host the other end of the Monet spectrum with a “Monet: The Late Years” exhibit. And that will happen in 2019: the exhibit will run June 16-Sept. 25 at the Kimbell and focus on the on the final phase of Monet’s career.
“Through approximately 60 paintings, the exhibit will trace the evolution of Monet’s practice from 1913, when he embarked on a reinvention of his painting style that led to increasingly bold and abstract works, up to his death in 1926,” according to a release.
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The exhibit will include more than 20 examples of Monet’s famous water-lily paintings, but it will also feature unfamiliar works.
The exhibit is part of a partnership with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, where the exhibit will run from Feb. 16 through May 27 at the de Young museum before traveling to Fort Worth.
According to the release, Monet did the paintings during a time when his life was marked by personal loss, deteriorating eyesight and the threat of surrounding war. His worsening vision led him to make multiple changes in the colors and methods of his painting.
“The last dozen years of Monet’s life were a challenging time for the painter, who contended with personal loss and the afflictions of old age in his 70s and 80s,” exhibition curator George T. M. Shackelford, deputy director of the Kimbell Art Museum, says in the release. “But they were also among the most triumphant of his long career—because in his mid-70s, Monet decided to reinvent himself, mining his past, yet creating works that looked like nothing he had ever done before.”