MUSEUM OF IMPRESSIONISM GIVERNY
99 rue Claude Monet
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Giverny musee des impressionnismes 2013. Signac, colours of water. From March 29th to July 2nd 2013. Within the framework of the second edition of the Impressionist Normandy festival devoted to the topic of water, the museum of Giverny impressionisms organize
an exhibition about « Signac, colours of water ».
Like Claude Monet, Paul Signac found a source of constant inspiration in the evocation of water and of her colors.
Since the first marines painted on the Norman littoral with a strength and a freedom impressionists until full harbour architectures with the bright colors of post-war period, the description of water and the sky offered to
Signac an inexhaustible pretext to multiply the chromatic variations.
The exhibition will approximately count a hundred and twenty works, paintings, watercolours and drawings. It will be supplemented by a rich documentary section (photographs, publications and correspondences) presented with the participation of Archives Signac.
Hiramatsu, the pond.
Homage to Monet.
From July 13th to October 31st 2013
Japanese art was not without influencing Claude Monet as its collection of Japanese prints attests it which one can today admire in his house with Giverny.
The exhibition Hiramatsu, the pond. Homage to Monet will show that, just like the Japanese prints were for the impressionists a way of introducing a new philosophy of space, the paintings of Monet represent a source of creative inspiration pour Hiramatsu Reiji.
This Japanese painter, born in Tokyo in 1941, visits Paris for the first time in 1994 and discovers the Nymphea with the Orangery. It is then liked to go on
traces of the French Master of which he visits the garden with Giverny.
More than twenty tables and folding screens painted according to the traditional technique of the nihonga, combining tradition and modernity, will be joined together. These works will be
associated with works of Claude Monet, and a selection of Japanese prints, Hokusai with Hiroshige.
Monet intime. Photographs of Bernard Plossu
June 8th to October 31st, 2012.
Over a century ago, AMERICAN ARTISTS working in the impressionist style formed a colony in Giverny, home to Claude Monet.
Why is there a Museum of American Art in Giverny ? Giverny, A Home for Artists. When the impressionist painter Claude Monet moved to Giverny in 1883, many American artists soon travelled to the village eager to meet him and to experiment with impressionist techniques. They formed an important colony of artists which developed around painters like Lilla Cabot Perry, Theodore Robinson, Frederick MacMonnies, Frederick Carl Frieseke, and other long-term residents.
Daniel J. Terra (1911−1996), Businessman and Patron of the Arts Grandson of an Italian lithographer who had immigrated to the United States, Daniel J. Terra was brought up in Pennsylvania. While studying chemical engineering at Pennsylvania State University, he worked as an apprentice in the family workshop and took out a patent for a chemical component which reduced the ink drying process from ninety six hours to twenty four. This invention revolutionized printing techniques and contributed to the success of Life magazine. In 1940, Daniel Terra and his friend John Lawson founded Lawter Chemicals which developed into a multinational company with offices in twelve countries.
Starting in 1937, Daniel Terra began to collect art, initially eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British landscapes, and later exclusively American art from the Colonial period to World War II. Appointed United States Ambassador-at-Large for Cultural Affairs in 1983, he travelled to France and discovered with enthusiasm Giverny’s rich artistic past. This encounter had an influence on the development of his collection, and he began actively to acquire works painted in the Norman village. Daniel Terra longed to bring these American masterworks back to the village where they were painted. He realized his dream with the inauguration of the Musée d’Art Américain Giverny on June 2, 1992. Each year a large and diverse public discovers the works of the Giverny painters and also learns about American art history from 1750 to the present through the musée’s ambitious exhibitions and programs.
The museum’s activities are sponsored by the Terra Foundation for American Art in Chicago. The mission of the Terra Foundation for American Art is to promote, study, acquire, preserve and exhibit original works of art in order to foster a greater knowledge and appreciation of American art around the world. It manages the Terra collection which consists of over seven hundred works of the most important American artists such as John Singleton Copley, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, James A. M. Whistler, Thomas Eakins, Arthur Dove, Charles Demuth and Edward Hopper.
Architecture and Gardens.
French architect Philippe Robert, of the internationally renowned firm Reichen & Robert, designed the museum building, taking into account its cultural projects : the museum had to present the Foundation’s collection as well as ambitious temporary exhibitions. He created spacious, welcoming galleries within a building discreet enough not to disturb the surrounding landscape. The Reichen & Robert firm is known for the rehabilitation of the Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris among other prestigious projects.