‘Monet: The Late Years’ opens June 16 at Fort Worth museum

Monet, ‘Weeping Willow and Water-Lily Pond,’ 1916–19, oil on canvas, 78¾in. x 70¾in. Private collection

FORT WORTH, Texas – From 1914, through to his death in 1926, Monet embarked on a reinvention of his painting style that led to increasingly bold and abstract works. This period of continued vitality made Monet one of the most original artists of the modern age. “Monet: The Late Years,” will be on view at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth from June 16 through Sept. 15.

From traditional formats to canvases more than 6 feet high and a monumental work of 14 feet wide, “Monet: The Late Years” gathers a selection of 50 paintings on loan from major public and private collections in Europe, the U.S. and Asia. Alongside 20 examples of the artist’s beloved waterlily paintings, will also be many other extraordinary and unfamiliar works from his final years, several of which are being exhibited for the first time in the United States.

“In this glorious selection of paintings, we see bold methods of paint application, surprising harmonies or clashes of color and striking scale. Our visitors will encounter the radical nature of the painter’s late works,” commented Eric M. Lee, director of the Kimbell Art Museum. “I’m thrilled with the reception the show received in San Francisco—achieving international and national media acclaim—and I’m looking forward to seeing it here, bathed in the natural light of the Kimbell’s galleries.”

“Monet: The Late Years” is curated by George T.M. Shackelford, deputy director of the Kimbell Art Museum and one of the foremost experts on 19th-century French art. It follows “Monet: The Early Years” presented in 2016/2017.

“Monet: The Late Years” takes up the story of Monet’s art at the very end of his career—after the heady days of the explosion of Impressionism in the 1870s; after his exultant mastery of his medium in the 1880s and his recognition as chief of the Impressionist landscape painters; after the momentous decision, in the 1890s, to work in series; and after the first decade of the 20th century, which saw the debut of his views of the Thames in London in 1904 and his triumph with the Water Lilies exhibition of 1909.

Tickets Admission to “Monet: The Late Years” is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and students, $14 for ages 6–11 and free for children under 6. Admission is half-price all day on Tuesdays and after 5 p.m. on Fridays. Admission is always free to view the museum’s permanent collection. For more information, visit kimbellart.org/visit.