Le French May 2016 Presents Masterpieces by Claude Monet

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Le French May brings to HK a wonderful series of French culture that livens up or summer schedule, amongst the many exciting programs, Le French May is proud to present the exhibition Claude Monet: The Spirit of Place.  Offering you a exclusive opportunity to appreciate French national treasures carefully preserved in French national museums and in private collections. The exhibition is jointly organised by Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais (RMN-GP) and made possible with the generous support from Mr. and Mrs Cheung Chung Kiu, and The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.

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Claude Monet (1840-1926) is without a doubt one of the greatest landscape artists in the history of painting. Along with his fellow impressionists, he began working outdoors in the late 1850’s. From that point onwards, he selected landscapes in Normandy, London, Giverny, Venice and other regions. When he chose a place, it was not to spend a few hours there producing a single artwork; he stayed for weeks, months or years. In this way, his works explored all possible viewpoints, seasons, and variations. For nearly 70 years, his genius and perseverance ensured the images he composed became universally renowned. His landscapes captured the imperceptible differences constituting a landscape’s essence or spirit.

Monet Claude (dit), Monet Claude-Oscar (1840-1926). Lille, Palais des Beaux-Arts. Inv.P.1891;RF1976-20.

Monet Claude (dit), Monet Claude-Oscar (1840-1926). Lille, Palais des Beaux-Arts. Inv.P.1891;RF1976-20.

This exhibition features some of Monet’s most emblematic paintings, pastels and tapestries conserved in French public collections, showcasing his career through landscapes. In moving from a style inspired by past landscape artists to a more personal approach, he moved from the simple representation of a place to the production of a series of paintings and to modern art.

Nymphéa, © RMN-Grand Palais  Daniel Arnaudet-compressed

The exhibition will show the spirit of landscapes and the ever changing natural beauty on Claude Monet’s canvas, sharing the life and the love of nature by the famous painter and gardener.