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Fondation Louis Vuitton presents a grandiose “Monet – Mitchell” exhibition

Organized in partnership with the Musee Marmottan Monet, the Foundation Louis Vuitton presents an exceptional dialogue between iconic French artist Claude Monet and American artist Joan Mitchell.

October 4, 2022: Inspired since its inauguration in 2014, the Fondation Louis Vuitton hosts temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, presents works from its collection, commissions site-specific pieces from artists, and stages events across the spectrum of arts and culture. Starting October 5 is an enthralling dialogue between 35 works by Claude Monet (1840-1926) and 25 pieces (25 paintings and 10 pastels) by Joan Mitchell (1925-1992), joined by an exhibition of 50 works by the American artist.

Monet Mitchell exhibition

Organised in partnership with the Musée Marmottan Monet, the dialogue stages a dialogue between the late period (1914-1926) of the Impressionist icon, and the work of American artist Joan Mitchell, a seminal figure in the modernity introduced by the Abstract Expressionism school in the United States. 

Through a selection of emblematic paintings by the two artists, the exhibition offers an enchanting journey that resonates with a retrospective of Joan Mitchell’s work, organised in conjunction with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Claude Monet Water Lilies

Claude Monet, Water Lilies.

Inspired by the nature and landscapes of Île-de-France, the greater Paris region, Monet and Mitchell shared an acute sensitivity to light and colours, the interplay of which figures at the very essence of their art. They developed a pictorial approach that they articulated similarly, with Monet evoking “sensation” and Mitchell “feelings”. Transcending a simple imitation of nature, both artists explored sensations, emotions and memories through a studied juxtaposition of colours.

The exhibition culminates with two exceptional ensembles. Claude Monet’s Water Lilies (Agapanthus) triptych (circa 1915–1926) is displayed in its entirety for the first time in France, while ten masterpieces from Joan Mitchell’s cycle have been brought together spectacularly, several decades after some of them were shown in 1984.
To visit the exhibition, buy tickets here.