Monet's water lilies go to Liverpool

December 14 2011

Image of Monet's water lilies go to Liverpool

Picture: Fondation Beyeler

A new exhibition next year at Tate Liverpool will bring together five Monet water lily paintings for the first time in the UK. The show will open 22nd June till 28th October. From the Tate's press release:

The Water-Lily Pond c1917-19 lent by the Albertina, Vienna, and Water Lilies 1916-19, lent by Fondation Beyeler, Riehen, Basel are the works which will go on show for the first time in the UK. They will join three other Monet water-lily paintings in the exhibition: Water Lilies 1916 from The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; Water Lilies 1907 from Göteborgs Konstmuseum; and Water Lilies after 1916, on loan from the National Gallery to the Tate Collection. This will be the first time that five of Monet’s water lilies have been brought together in the UK for over a decade.

Tate Liverpool has gone for a blockbuster here, for the exhibition will be called Turner, Monet, Twombly: Later Paintings. The justification for assembling three fairly randomly connected big names runs thus:

Turner Monet Twombly: Later Paintings will examine the art historical links and affinities between three artists who were all considered radical painters in their time, suggesting common characteristics and motivations underlying their late style. The exhibition will explore their shared fascination with light, landscape, the sublime and mythology as well as the painterly qualities of their work, whether as makers of figurative or abstract images.  Displaying over sixty works, the exhibition will treat each artist in considerable depth, with rooms juxtaposing the works of two, or all three, of the artists.  Works by Monet and Twombly will be drawn from museums and private collections across the world, while works from Tate’s Turner Bequest will be supplemented by loans from American museums.

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