Monet / Boudin exhibition opens June 26 at Museo Thyssen


Above: Eugène Boudin, ‘The Eure Bassin at Le Havre,’ 1885 (detail) Musée d’Art, Histoire et Archéologie, Évreux (France) © Jean-Pierre Godais. Musée d’Art, Histoire et Archéologie, Ville d’Évreux; Below: Claude Monet, ‘The Flood,’ 1881 (detail) Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck / Collection Rau for UNICEF. Remagen, Germany © Peter Schälchli, Zurich

MADRID – The Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza presents this summer “Monet / Boudin,” the first opportunity to discover the relationship between the great Impressionist painter Claude Monet (Paris, 1840 – Giverny, 1926) and his master, Eugène Boudin (Honfleur, 1824 – Deauville, 1898), the most important representative of mid-19th-century French plein air painting.

This joint presentation of their work not only aims to cast light on Monet’s formative years, in which Boudin played an important role, but also to offer a vision of their entire careers and the origins of the Impressionist movement, emphasizing the two painters’ shared artistic concerns such as their interest in the iconography of modern life, changing effects of light and the largely untamed nature of the Brittany and Normandy coastlines.

Curated by Juan Ángel López-Manzanares, a curator at the Museo Thyssen, the exhibition brings together around 100 works by the two artists, including loans from museums such as the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, the National Gallery, London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Río de Janeiro, and the Marunuma Art Park in Japan, as well as from private collections such as the Pérez Simón collection.