Two masterpieces, by Claude Monet and Johannes Vermeer, get star treatment in New York: Vermeer at the Met and Monet at MoMA

September 14th, 2009

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One third of Monet’s famous triptych, ‘Water Lilies,’ via NY Times

This fall, New York’s two most venerable art museums will each each spotlight famous paintings by two old masters. The Museum of Modern Art is exhibiting all three paintings of Claude Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’ triptych together for the first time in eight years.  Also in the exhibition is a single large painting, also entitled ‘Water Lilies,’ as well as three smaller studies.

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has lent Johannes Vermeer’s most famous painting, ‘The Milkmaid,’ in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage up the river that would bear his name. This is the first time in 70 years that the painting has been exhibited in the United States, and it joins the Met’s five paintings by Vermeer as well as works by a small number of other Dutch artists.

‘Monet’s Water Lilies’ runs September 10, 2009-April 12, 2010 at the Museum of Modern Art, and ‘Vermeer’s Masterpiece “The Milkmaid”‘ runs September 10-November 29, 2009 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, both in New York.

Monet’s Water Lilies [MoMA]
Vermeer’s Masterpiece ‘The Milkmaid’ [Metropolitan Museum]
Serenade in Blue [NY Times]
Moanin’ With Monet [Artnet]
Nieuw Girl [Art Market Monitor]
Vermeer’s ‘The Milkmaid’ on View at a New Exhibition at Metropolitan Museum of Art [Art Knowledge News]

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Vermeer’s ‘The Milkmaid,’ via Art Knowledge News