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In Monet's Garden at the Columbus Museum of Art


"The Artist's Garden at Giverny" by Claude Monet

(Musee d'Orsay, Paris France; courtesy of the Columbus Museum of Art) Columbus Museum of Art

Columbus Museum of Art

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"In Monet's Garden: The Lure of Giverny" was shown at the Columbus Museum of Art from October 12, 2007 to January 20, 2008. The exhibit featured paintings by the French Impressionist, Claude Monet, as well as works inspired by him. Columbus and Paris were the only cities that the exhibit was shown.

About the Exhibit:

"In Monet's Garden" was built around 12 works by Claude Monet, which illustrate his fascination and interaction with his gardens at Giverny. These works came from all over the world, from Seoul to Paris to Columbus, itself.

In addition, the exhibit displayed work from modern artists that have gained inspiration from Monet's work and from visiting those same gardens (now restored). Among the modern artists represented in the exhibit were Ellsworth Kelly, Willard Metcalf, and Columbus native, Theodore Butler.


The museum planned several special events in conjunction with "In Monet's Garden." Among these were a lecture on Monet October 25 by Charles Stuckey, professor of Art History at the Chicago Institute of Art; 1st Saturday on November 3, a opportunity for kids 3-8 to enjoy stories, the art galleries, and special Monet-themed crafts; and Doodles, a drop-in program during December for families with children ages 6 and older.

About the Columbus Museum of Art:

The Columbus Museum of Art, founded in 1931, focuses on American and European art through the mid-20th century plus a sizeable contemporary photography collection. Highlights of the museum's permanent collection include works by Picasso, Juan Gris, Degas, Matisse, Edward Hopper, and Columbus native George Bellows.

About Monet:

Claude Monet, born in 1840, was a founder and leader of the Impressionists (the group took their name from one of his paintings "Impression Sunrise"). In his later years, Monet retired to his farmhouse and garden in the Norman town of Giverny. It was here that he became fascinated with the way light played on the ponds and plantlife. It was also at Giverny that he created his famous "Waterlilies" series of paintings.

Hours and Admission:

"In Monet's Garden" is no longer at the Columbus Museum of Art.

Getting to the Columbus Museum of Art:

The Columbus Museum of Art is located just off of I-71, at the East Broad Street Exit. The museum is about two blocks west of the exit. Driving time from downtown Cleveland is about 2 1/4 hours.


Contact Information:

Columbus Museum of Art
480 E. Broad St.
Columbus OH
614 221-4848

(updated 2-25-08)

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