Monet and abstraction aims to explore the crucial role of the great Impressionist painter in the development of abstraction in the aftermath of World War II, a subject still little analyzed. Through a tour of Monet's work, ranging from his ethereal landscapes to the monumental representations of his garden at Giverny, where he spent the last twenty years of his life, the exhibition will examine how his lifelong obsession led him to capture the instantaneous to blur the pictorial representation in an atmosphere almost abstract. While his painting was branded outdated by the currents of art that dominated the early decades of the twentieth century, around 1950 young American and European abstract rediscovered Monet and overestimated its place today in the history of art. His works can be admired in the rooms of the Thyssen Museum and the Fundación Caja Madrid alongside those of Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Sam Francis, Joan Mitchell and Gerhard Richter, among others, so that the viewer can see firsthand the connection between them.
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