Monet and Architecture exhibition curator picks five must-see paintings
An exhibition at London’s National Gallery brings together 78 paintings by French impressionist artist Claude Monet that explore works of architecture. Curator Rosalind McKever selects her highlights.
While Monet is most famous for his depictions of the natural world, particularly his Water Lily series, The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Monet & Architecture turns its attention to the artist’s representation of architecture.
In an interview with Dezeen, McKever described the concept of focusing on works where Monet focused on the built environment as “a really counterintuitive idea” – but one that proved illuminating in how it revealed the way the artist worked.
Rather than arranged chronologically, the paintings are hung according to subject matter, so the buildings and locations Monet returned to over his career can be seen together.
“The two things I’ve really learnt from working in this way is thinking about how much he is playing with space and playing with what we are seeing,” said McKever.
“By putting together two very similar works the differences between them emphasise how he may actually be not, as you would expect, documenting the scene before him, but actually creating a composition out of the forms that he sees,” she added.