The monographic exhibition Monet / Boudin presented by the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid (until 30 Sept) offers visitors the first opportunity to discover the relationship between the great Impressionist painter Claude Monet (Paris 1840 – Giverny 1926) and his master Eugène Boudin (Honfleur 1824 – Deauville 1898), the most important representative of mid-19th- century French plein air painting. This joint presentation of their work not only aims to cast light on Monet’s formative years, in which Boudin played an important role, but also to offer a vision of their entire careers and the origins of the Impressionist movement.
Curated by Juan Ángel López-Manzanares, a curator at the Museo Thyssen, the exhibition brings together around 100 works by the two artists, including loans from museums and institutions such as the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, the National Gallery, London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Río de Janeiro, and the Marunuma Art Park in Japan, as well as from private collections such as the Pérez Simón collection.
The exhibition is structured chronologically and thematically and is divided into eight sections, with one of the most enjoyable being the beach and holiday scenes.
Monet/Boudin emphasises the two painters’ shared artistic concerns such as their interest in the iconography of modern life as reflected in scenes of summer holiday visitors on the beach at Trouville; changing effects of light, to be seen in most of their oils and pastels; and the largely untamed nature of the Brittany and Normandy coastlines. Well worth a visit …
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Paseo del Prado, 8. 28014, Madrid. Tel: 91 791 13 70