CityRoom.com - Claude Monet's 170th birthday party at the Grand Palais in Paris
Join Paris Guestlist and CityRoom to celebrate the 170th birthday of impressionist painter Claude Monet at the Grand Palais in Paris on November 14th 2010.
- (1888PressRelease) October 15, 2010 - Port Townsend, WA On Thursday, November 14th 2010, impressionist painter Claude Monet will be turning 170 years old. Lovers of this "founding father" of impressionism will have a chance to pay homage to the painter, and see 200 of his greatest works of art, in a special exhibition at the illustrious Grand Palais in Paris, France. This is the biggest exhibition dedicated to Monet in over 30 years.
The exhibition, which began on September 22nd and which will continue until January 24th 2011, contains pieces from just about every year of the painter's career that spanned nearly 60 years. Guests will see the youthful works of a Monet in his early 20s, as well as the later mature creations of the painter nearing 80 years-old, and hundreds of pieces in between. Guests who come on November 14th for the anniversary of the painter's birth will profit from a guided tour that will explain the most important works, shedding light on one of the most beloved painters in European history.
Monet's works are among the most recognizable of 19th and 20th century art. His style using heavy brushstrokes to create a soft, blurry effect on natural subjects reflecting various times of day, came to be synonymous with the term "Impressionism." The name of the famous art movement: "Impressionism" was, in fact, coined after one of his paintings… "Impression soleil levant" ("Impression Sun Rising"), which depicts a hazy sunrise in the harbor at Le Havre. Monet would later describe the work:
"Landscape is nothing but an impression, and an instantaneous one, hence this label that was given us, by the way, because of me. I had sent a thing done in Le Havre, from my window, sun in the mist and a few masts of boats sticking up in the foreground … They asked me for a title for the catalogue, it couldn't really be taken for a view of Le Havre, and I said: 'Put, Impression.'
The Monet exhibition will be visited by thousands of Parisians and visitors alike. Visitors to Paris who are not familiar with the Grand Palais may consider the location of the art show as fascinating as the works themselves. The Grand Palais (or "Great Palace") is a spectacular exhibition hall whose main space is almost 240 meters long. The palace, begun in 1897 and finished in 1900, was constructed with an iron, steel and glass barrel-vaulted roof. It is the last of the giant monuments inspired by London's Crystal Palace. It is located on the Champs-Élysées in the 8th arrondissement in Paris.
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The Monet guided tour is at 3pm and 5pm on Thursday, November 14th and costs 18 euros. Non-guided tours cost 12 euros (or 8 euros for people aged 13-25)
The Grand Palais is at 3 avenue du Général Eisenhower - Paris 75008. Métro : Franklin Roosevelt or Champs Elysées Clémenceau (lines 1 or 9).