Through works that include his ethereal London landscapes and the unforgettable representations of his garden at Giverny, where he spent the last forty years of his life, the display - open to the public until May 30th - examines how a lifelong obsession and determination to capture his observations of nature on canvas led Claude Monet to blur pictorial representation and brought him to the threshold of abstraction.
The exhibition goes still further, and delves into the past to show how, in the middle of last century, a younger generation of American and European abstract painters rediscovered Monet's art, recognised him as the undisputed prophet of abstraction, and placed him definitively in the position he now occupies in the history of art.
Works by some of these young artists, including Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Sam Francis, Joan Mitchell Adolph Gottlieb, Andre Masson, Philip Guston and Gerhard Richter, are also on display along the route of the exhibition, providing an interesting dialogue with the works of the Impressionist master, and drawing attention to his multiple connections and wide ranging influence.
Viewing the art of Claude Monet in this new light allows us to analyse the important influence the French painter had on the development of certain aspects of abstraction in the first decades of the second half of the twentieth century, and thereby appreciate his key role in the development of modern art.
Over a hundred works have been brought together for this new joint project of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and Caja Madrid Foundation, who have also counted on the collaboration of the Musee Marmottan Monet in Paris, where the exhibition is to travel in the summer of 2010, after its time in Madrid. The Paris museum has loaned a wonderful selection from the French painter's important legacy from its permanent collection. Other major works have also been loaned from museums and private collections worldwide, mainly in Europe and America.
Fundación Caja Madrid