Monet in Giverny: Landscapes of Reflection opens at the Cincinnati Art Museum

CINCINNATI, OH.- Impressionist master Claude Monet (1840-1926) retreated to Giverny, the small village northwest of Paris, in 1883, and then spent the next 43 years experimenting with landscape and garden painting, creating works that are among the most recognizable in Western art. Through a selection of 12 major paintings on view February 4 through May 13, 2012 at the Cincinnati Art Museum—the sole venue—Monet in Giverny: Landscapes of Reflection examines the range of Monet’s work in Giverny in terms of reflection—as motif and as the self-conscious practice of painting. Monet himself writes of struggling with self-expression in his attempts to depict the varied reflections he saw on the surface of his lily pond. His later career is also marked by a more considered working method, and by paintings that create contemplative atmospheres that