Legacy Group Exhibitions

Monet/Mitchell: Painting the French Landscape

River, circa 1989, abstract painting by artist Joan Mitchell
Joan Mitchell, River, circa 1989. Oil on canvas, 110 3/8 x 157 3/8 inches (280.353 x 399.733 cm). © Estate of Joan Mitchell.
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March 25 - June 25, 2023


Saint Louis Art Musuem


One Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park
Saint Louis, Missouri 63110

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About This Exhibition

Offering a fresh view of two of the most experimental painters of the 20th century, Monet/Mitchell: Painting the French Landscape is the first exhibition in the United States to examine the complex dialogue between the work of the French impressionist Claude Monet and the American abstract painter Joan Mitchell.

The exhibition explores the ways in which Monet and Mitchell engaged with the French landscape. Monet spent his final decades in rural Giverny, some 50 miles to the northwest of Paris, while, from 1968 until 1992, Mitchell lived at nearby Vétheuil, overlooking a house once inhabited by the French painter. Both artists addressed similar themes of trees, earth, water, and flowers as well as the inspiration of their own gardens.

Monet/Mitchell: Painting the French Landscape will present 24 paintings, 12 by each artist. Often monumental in scale and overwhelming in impact, these works highlight the fascination both painters had for expansive, panoramic formats.

This exhibition is curated in St. Louis by Simon Kelly, curator of modern and contemporary art, and presented in partnership with the Fondation Louis Vuitton and the Musée Marmottan Monet. It is accompanied by a scholarly catalogue, published by Hirmer, with contributions from Simon Kelly and curators from the Fondation Louis Vuitton and the Musée Marmottan Monet.

See details at Saint Louis Art Museum