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Claude Monet, The Japanese Footbridge, Giverny, c. 1922, oil on canvas, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Audrey Jones Beck.

Easels in Eden: Monet’s Painting and Gardening Techniques

Friday, Feb 14, 2014
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Presented by Eric T. Haskell, PhD, professor of French and director of the Clark Humanities Museum, Scripps College.

The relationship between Claude Monet’s gardening practices and painterly techniques as he used them to create over 500 canvasses in the landscape at Giverny from the 1890s until his death in 1926 is the focus of this lecture. Central to our concerns is an examination of how Monet moved beyond representation to abstraction and thus prefigured the Modern aesthetic in the most subtle of terms. Questions about the content of this lecture? E-mail

This lecture is presented in conjunction with The Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.

About the Friday and Saturday Afternoon Lecture Series
This series of lectures is held on Fridays at 1:30 p.m. with a repeat on Saturdays at 4 p.m. in Brown Auditorium Theater. A reception to meet the speaker and a “Your Turn to Speak” tour follow each lecture.

$5 MFAH Members
$8 Nonmembers + Museum admission
Free for Members at the Patron, Supporting, Sponsor, and Benefactor levels, up to two tickets. Leadership Circle members receive unlimited free tickets.
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Friday and Saturday Afternoon Lectures at the MFAH receive generous support from Aggie and Joe Foster.

Special thanks to Adept Word Management for transcription services.

All education programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment income from funds provided by Caroline Wiess Law; The National Endowment for the Humanities; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; the Favrot Fund; and Gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.