The Dayton Art Institute’s Centennial Focus Exhibition, Monet and Impressionism, remains on view until 25 August.
Monet and Impressionism feautres 13 paintings highlighting Impressionism in France, including works by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, Frederick Frieseke and Henri Matisse. This exhibition explores Claude Monet’s remarkable influence on art.
The centerpiece of the Focus Exhibition are three works by Monet: the DAI’s own Waterlilies (1903), the 1903 oil painting Waterloo Bridge, Sunlight Effect (effect de soleil), on loan from the Denver Art Museum, and the pastel Sainte-Adresse, View Across the Estuary (about 1865–1870), on loan from a private collection. Monet and Impressionism also offers a rare opportunity to see the DAI’s delicate Degas pastel, After the Bath.
“We are thrilled to be able to present this absolute gem of an exhibition, which is based around Monet and the lasting achievements of the Impressionists. It is a great addition to our year-long centennial celebration that we feel the community will really enjoy,” said Jerry N. Smith, DAI’s Chief Curator.
The Impressionists never wrote a manifesto and artists associated with the movement worked in distinct and individual styles. The exhibition explores the radicality of Monet and the constant search for new techniques by the Impressionist painters.
Image: Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926), Waterloo Bridge, Sunlight Effect (effect de soleil), 1903, oil on canvas. Denver Art Museum collection: funds from Helen Dill bequest, 1935.15.