Go See – London: A retrospective of Claude Monet at Helly Nahmad Gallery through February 26th 2010

November 27th, 2009

Claude Monet-Le Palais Contarini Venise-1908
La Palais Contarini (1908) by Claude Monet, via Helly Nahmad Gallery

Now on view at Helly Nahmad Gallery in London is a retrospective of the Impressionist master Claude Monet. The exhibition highlights the artist’s trips to London and Venice and the series works he created at the beginning of the century.  The character of each city is depicted through beautiful atmospheric effects of luminous sunlight or heavy London fog.  This exhibition is very significant and notable in its presentation of a major impressionist in a private, intimate gallery space.  The Financial Times calls the retrospective “the most beautiful exhibition in London this winter.”

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Claude Monet-The Bank at Petit Gennevilliers'-1875

The Bank at Petit Gennevilliers’ (1875) by Claude Monet, via The Financial Times

The works, which span the years from 1872-1908, consist almost entirely of canvases owned by the artist’s family or from various private collections many of which have been in private hands for a century and never before shown in London. Monet was greatly inspired by the writings of Charles Baudelaire. He also formed a personal and professional alliance with Stéphane Mallarmé and had a strong liking for the music of Claude Debussy. The catalogue of the exhibition, limited to an edition of 500, is annotated with poetry and commentaries on the artist and his contemporaries.

Claude Monet-Sailing Boat Argenteuil-1873
Sailing Boat-Argenteuil (1873) by Claude Monet, via The Financial Times

Exhibition Page [Helly Nahmad Gallery]
Monet at the Helly Nahmad Gallery [FT]
Helly Nahmad Gallery Opens Claude Monet Retrospective Exhibition [Artdaily]

-R.A.P