The “Monet-Mitchell” exhibition is complemented by a retrospective of Joan Mitchell’s work, allowing the French and European public to discover her work. “Monet – Mitchell” and the “Joan Mitchell Retrospective” present each artist’s unique response to a shared landscape, which they interpret in a particularly immersive and sensual way.
In his last paintings, the Water Lilies, Monet intended to recreate in his studio the motifs that he carefully observed on the surface of his water lily pond in Giverny. Joan Mitchell, on the other hand, would explore a memory or a sense of emotions she felt while in a particular place dear to her, perceptions that remained vivid beyond space and time. These abstract compositions would be created by
in La Tour, his studio in Vétheuil, a small French village to which he moved permanently in 1968 and where Claude Monet had lived between 1878 and 1881.
MONET – MITCHELL, DIALOGUE
Gallery 4 to Gallery 12
This fall, the Fondation Louis Vuitton has the pleasure of to partner with the Musée Marmottan Monet (France), which has the world’s largest collection of Claude Monet’s works, to present “Monet-Mitchell”, an exhibition dedicated to the dialogue between Claude Monet’s later works (1914-1926), the Water Lilies, and the work of the American artist Joan Mitchell.
Unique in its scope and poetic force, the “Monet-Mitchell” exhibition will be open from October 5, 2022 through February 27, 2023. It will span eight galleries, from the first floor to the upper levels. The Joan Mitchell retrospective, which will be exhibited on the lower level of the Frank Gehry Building, will be held simultaneously and will allow visitors to discover her work.
Faced with the same landscape, namely the banks of the Seine, Monet and Mitchell developed a pictorial approach that they defined in similar terms, with Monet referring to “sensation” and Mitchell to “feelings”. Inspired by the natural environment of the Paris region, both artists shared a keen sensitivity for light and color, the interplay of which forms the basis of their art.
Through seventy emblematic works by both artists, the exhibition offers the public an enchanting and immersive journey, emphasized by striking visual and thematic parallels. Some thirty-five works by Claude Monet, including twenty-five works belonging to the Musée Marmottan Monet, offer an overview of the Water Lilies. These paintings, which are rarely presented unframed, are in dialogue with thirty-five works, twenty-five paintings and ten pastels, by Joan Mitchell.