The MFA's Entire Monet Collection Is Going On Display


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — To celebrate its 150th anniversary, the Museum of Fine Arts has announced an expansive new exhibition of Claude Monet's paintings.

For the first time in a quarter century, "Monet and Boston: Lasting Impression" will offer visitors a chance to see all 35 of the MFA's Monet paintings on display together, plus a few from private collectors.

Curator Katie Hanson says the exhibit will be designed to highlight the museum's connection and commitment to the artist. The MFA has a permanent gallery dedicated to Monet, however only about a dozen of his paintings are on rotation at a time. As of April 18, a total of 41 Monet works of art will be on display.

According to the museum's website, Boston has been a center for collecting and appreciating Monet's paintings since it opened in 1870. The MFA bought his work early and often, and now boasts one of the largest collections of Monet's work outside the artist's native France. Many of the french impressionists' pieces in the MFA's collection were brought to Boston during Monet's lifetime (1840-1926.)

The museums's archive includes Monet's early work like Rue De Balvoe, Honfleur (1864) and Grand Canal, Venice (1908.) It also holds some of his more experimental paintings with Mediterranean light like Antibes (1888), and pieces from several series including Grainstacks, Rouen Cathedral, and Water Lilies.

Much of Monet's work followed reoccurring themes like gardens scenes, flourishing landscapes, and later on Japanese art and culture.

Visitors who stop by the MFA between April 18 and August 23, 2020 will get to experience two rooms full of Monet's famous watery surfaces, vivid colors, and varied brushwork.

The MFA's offerings will be fleshed out by two Monet pieces from a local collector, and four that will be on long-term loan from private collections.

According to the MFA website, all 41 pieces will be displayed between Gallery 155 and Gallery 158.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports:

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