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Monet's Late Paintings & Etcetera.

There are many people who paint or love art who view Claude Monet's work with feigned interest because it is so omnipresent and because some people who seem to despise many other kinds of art embrace him with such fanaticism. There was not a lot time spent on him in my art history classes, except for color theory and how shocking impressionism was at the time etc., but there are some really interesting aspects to his body of work that are not usually discussed.

1. The Late Paintings- these have been reassessed lately and were influential to abstract expressionism. Here is a Joan Mitchell from: Reflections of Monet(which was at MFA Boston in '98). Here is a link for a PBS show about the exhibit: http://www.wgbh.org/pages/bostonarts/1998/octhighlights.html
                  
1918, Oil on canvas, 51 5/8 x 43 7/16 in.

2. Some Early Paintings- this one example at the Cleveland Museum of Art was talked about by my drawing instructor after I left the main group(because of a friendly 'discussion' over a medieval painting between two professors and it gave me a headache) to explore the museum, he said (and I paraphrase), "this one is very good, before all the 'froufrou'. . . how did he put down that grey?". We looked at it for a little while and then a Renoir that was also unusual and then a small Bonnard. Then I had an interesting visual experience in front of a Burgoyne A. Diller painting (kind of similar to # 2)
and my headache disappeared. Burgoyne Diller is terribly underrated and exceeded Mondrian in some aspects of this type of abstract painting. Here are a few examples:

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1.) First Theme, 1942
painted wood construction
23 3/4" x 23 3/4" x 3 1/4"

2.) First Theme, 1962
oil on canvas
84 x 24 inches

3.) Interplay (No. 3 Second Theme), (1962) Oil on canvas
42 1/4 X 42 1/8 IN. (107.1 X 106.9 CM.)



"The Red Kerchief: Portrait of Mrs. Monet(La capeline rouge, portrait de Madame Monet)"
1868–78. Oil on fabric; 99 x 79.8 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art

If you are from around Ohio and haven't seen it, tough luck, The Cleveland Museum of Art is open but this and a bunch of other art is on loan for a traveling exhibition titled: Monet to Picasso - http://umfa.utah.edu/monettopicasso (there is a podcast of a lecture you can get at this site as well). Yeah, it's in Utah, I did not see where it is headed next, until then google or library or bookstore it.

3. The Sketchbooks- these I discovered 5 minutes ago and there is an online exhibition of the drawings(flash application) here:
    http://www.clarkart.edu/exhibitions/monet/content/home.cfm
    there are some great studies here, and a ton of stuff to look at, some pages its seems were not photographed but you can flip the sketchbook and get all kinds of info, very slick.

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