Over the past few years, the Denver Art Museum has increased its visibility and (in our opinion) vastly improved its exhibits. A couple years ago there was a wonderful Degas exhibit featuring his horses and ballerinas, and last year there was a glamorous Christian Dior exhibit featuring designs from throughout the couture house’s history. It was all building a footprint for the most incredible and expansive Monet exhibit, which is on display through February 2, 2020.
Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature is the largest compilation of the impressionist’s work in the U.S. in over two decades.
The exhibit features works from the span of Monet’s career (we’ve done our best to include as many names and years as possible). From his early work,
And the works of his mentors.
There are seascapes,
And flowers galore.
I am following Nature without being able to grasp her, I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.
~ Claude Monet
The exhibit travels with Monet, as he goes to the Netherlands
The Italian Riviera
And the French Riviera.
Eventually, my eyes were opened, and I really understood nature. I learned to love at the same time.
~ Claude Monet
There’s no shortage of pleasant days in the countryside, featuring some of the most beautifully painted skies.
There are warm summers,
And chilly winters.
Including the most beautiful and inviting representation of Giverny in the winter.
In fact, there’s an entire floor of the exhibit that focuses exclusively on Monet’s work at Giverny (you can check out our personal travels to Giverny here).
Including some grainstacks in changing light, seasons, and time of day – Monet’s first comprehensive series of a single motif.
Of course, there is absolutely no shortage of water lilies.
These two are believed to be some of Monet’s earliest water lilies, known for their unusually symmetric representations of the pond and Japanese bridge.
And distinguishable from his later work, where boundary identifiers like the shoreline disappeared in favor of a seemingly endless horizon of lilies on top of the water.
Overall, the exhibit does a beautiful job capturing the essence of Monet.
The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration.