Monet: The Early Years – The Legion of Honor, San Francisco – 2017

February 25, 2017 – May 29, 2017

Monet: The Early Years will be the first major US exhibition devoted to the initial phase of Claude Monet’s (French, 1840–1926) career. Through approximately sixty paintings, the exhibition demonstrates the radical invention that marked the artist’s development during the formative years of 1858 to 1872. In this period the young painter developed his unique visual language and technique, creating striking works that manifested his interest in painting textures and the interplay of light upon surfaces.

This exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Monet’s mastery before Impressionism, and includes paintings that are profoundly daring and surprising. Depictions of moments both large and small, with friends and loved ones, in the solitude of forests and fields and in the quiet scenes of everyday, offer new revelations about an artist that many consider to be ubiquitous.

With a selection of works gathered from some of the most important international collections – the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and other public and private collections worldwide – Monet: The Early Years authoritatively demonstrates the artist’s early command of many genres, not only the landscapes for which he has become so renowned but also still lifes, portraits and genre scenes.

This exhibition follows the Legion of Honor’s strong history of showing highly important moments in French Impressionism. By following Monet before Impressionism, visitors can see the emergence of his style and how he helped shape the movement. Monet: The Early Years will be on view at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco from February 25 through May 29, 2017.

The two surviving panels from "Luncheon on the Grass" - Claude Monet, 1865-66
The two surviving panels from “Luncheon on the Grass” – Claude Monet, 1865-66
"Adolphe Monet Reading in a Garden"- Claude Monet, 1866
“Adolphe Monet Reading in a Garden”- Claude Monet, 1866

**CLICK ON ANY OF THE IMAGES BELOW FOR A HI-RES VERSION** I HOPE YOU ENJOY THEM AS MUCH AS I DID.

"Adolphe Monet Reading in a Garden"- Claude Monet, 1866
“Adolphe Monet Reading in a Garden”- Claude Monet, 1866
"The Port at Argenteuil"- Claude Monet, 1872
“The Port at Argenteuil”- Claude Monet, 1872
"Regatta at Argenteuil- Claude Monet, 1872
“Regatta at Argenteuil- Claude Monet, 1872
"The Magpie" - Claude Monet, 1869
“The Magpie” – Claude Monet, 1869
"The Red Kerchief"- Claude Monet, 1869
“The Red Kerchief”- Claude Monet, 1869
"The Port of Zaandam"- Claude Monet, 1871
“The Port of Zaandam”- Claude Monet, 1871
"Houses by the Zaan at Zaandam"- Claude Monet, 1871
“Houses by the Zaan at Zaandam”- Claude Monet, 1871
"The Wooden Bridge"- Claude Monet, 1872
“The Wooden Bridge”- Claude Monet, 1872
"The Bridge at Bougival"- Claude Monet, 1869
“The Bridge at Bougival”- Claude Monet, 1869
"The Landing Stage" Claude Monet, 1871
“The Landing Stage” Claude Monet, 1871
"Bathers at La Grenouillère" - Claude Monet, 1869
“Bathers at La Grenouillère” – Claude Monet, 1869
"La Porte D'Amour, Etretat"- Claude Monet, 1868-69
“La Porte D’Amour, Etretat”- Claude Monet, 1868-69
"La Grenouillère"- Claude Monet, 1869
“La Grenouillère”- Claude Monet, 1869
"On the beach at Trouville"- Claude Monet, 1870
“On the beach at Trouville”- Claude Monet, 1870
"The Green Wave" - Claude Monet, 1866-67
“The Green Wave” – Claude Monet, 1866-67
"Seascape, Storm" - Claude Monet, 1866. A personal favorite of Sean Curtis
“Seascape, Storm” – Claude Monet, 1866. A personal favorite of Sean Curtis
"Boats on the Port of Honfleur"- Claude Monet, 1866
“Boats on the Port of Honfleur”- Claude Monet, 1866
"Towing of a Boat at Honfleur"- Claude Monet, 1864
“Towing of a Boat at Honfleur”- Claude Monet, 1864
"The Seine at Bougival" - Claude Monet, 1869
“The Seine at Bougival” – Claude Monet, 1869
"A Hut at Saint-Adresse" - Claude Monet, 1867
“A Hut at Saint-Adresse” – Claude Monet, 1867
"A Cart on the Snowy Road at Honfleur"- Claude Monet, 1865
“A Cart on the Snowy Road at Honfleur”- Claude Monet, 1865
"The Port of Zaandam"- Claude Monet, 1871
“The Port of Zaandam”- Claude Monet, 1871
"On the Bank of the Seine, Bennecourt- Claude Monet, 1868
“On the Bank of the Seine, Bennecourt- Claude Monet, 1868

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