Tracing Monet’s inspiration
Monet was one of the leading painters of the Impressionist movement. This unique exhibition will present 25 of his works, some for the first time in Japan, along with works by contemporary artists.
Why do Monet’s paintings continue to captivate so many even today? One reason is the pioneering nature of his works. His broken brushstroke technique, which depicts scenes from real life using strokes and units of color, presented a new methodology for looking at things. Monet also took great interest in expressing that which had no form, including moments of atmosphere, water, light, and vapor. His habit of repeatedly painting the same motifs was likely his way of confirming how even the same forms can appear differently to the eye when the light and atmospheric conditions change with the season or time of day.
The contemporary works presented at the venue show how Monet’s genes have evolved over time. In a landscape by Naofumi Maruyama, the pale harmony of vivid colors creates a space within the painting that seems to waver between truth and fiction. The paintings of Gerhard Richter, who uses a squeegee (spatula) to smoothly spread paint oversurfaces, share a common bond with Monet’s quest to explore depth and light illusions. And Monet’s “Water Lilies” series, which the master continued to paint into his later years after making a Japanese garden, has inspired countless artists. This exhibition features “Water Lilies” as depicted through paintings and photographs by contemporary artists.
How can changing scenes like light and the passage of time be captured on a canvas? What methods are there for converting depth to a flat surface? Monet’s experiments in painting continue to this day.
(Text: Naoko Aono)
Dates: July 14 (Sat) – September 24 (Mon, holiday), 2018
Venue: Yokohama Museum of Art 3-4-1, Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Times: 10:00 – 18:00 (until 20:30 on September 14 and 15; admission until 30 minutes before closing time) Closed Thursdays (open August 16)
Admission: 1,600 yen (general)
Contact: Tel: 03-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)
Claude Monet, Water Lilies with Reflections of Tall Grass, 1914-17
oil on canvas 130.0 x 200.0cm, Nahmad Collection, Monaco
Risaku Suzuki, Water Mirror 14, WM-77 [left], Water Mirror 14, WM-79 [right], 2014
chromogenic print each 120.0 x155.0cm
Collection of the Artist, ©Risaku Suzuki, Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery