“I have painted the Seine throughout my life, at every hour, at every season. I have never tired of it: for me the Seine is always new.” —Claude Monet
Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River examines Claude Monet’s abiding fascination with the Seine by tracing his life along the iconic French waterway, both chronologically and geographically. Monet (1840–1926) used the river from an early point in his career to explore many of the artistic concerns that define his oeuvre, such as the transformative effects of light and atmosphere.
This beautiful exhibition brings together more than 50 paintings on loan from locations around the world. Beginning with scenes of leisure activities, modern life, and cityscapes along the Seine, the presentation culminates in the ethereal works from the Impressionist painter’s famous Mornings on the Seine series.
The canvases provide an intimate look at the Seine, a subject essential to Monet’s identity as an artist. The celebrated river captivated Monet more than any other theme, inspiring a vast number of paintings and surpassing even his defining series of water lilies by more than 100 works.
Exhibition Shop & Catalogue
Visit the special exhibition shop for a wonderful selection of gift items related to Monet and Impressionism. The illustrated exhibition catalogue, available through The MFAH Shop (713.639.7360) and the Museum's Hirsch Library (713.639.7325), is copublished by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Philbrook Museum of Art.
In-Gallery Extra: Audio Tour
Director Gary Tinterow, conservator David Bomford, and curators Helga Aurisch and Tanya Paul offer insights into Monet's life and inspirations, all enhanced by music from the Houston Symphony. You may rent the optional audio tour, available in English and Spanish, at any admissions desk and at the exhibition entrance.
This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa. An indemnity has been granted by the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
Lead Corporate Sponsor:
Additional generous funding is provided by:
The Rand Group
Carol and Michael and the Michael C. Linn Family Foundation
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