'Unknown Monet' art exhibition to open

13th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, March 13, 2007 (AFP) - One of the most famous French Impressionist painters, Claude Monet, is captured in a new light by a London exhibition previewed Tuesday which focuses on his pastels and drawings.

LONDON, March 13, 2007 (AFP) - One of the most famous French Impressionist painters, Claude Monet, is captured in a new light by a London exhibition previewed Tuesday which focuses on his pastels and drawings.

"The Unknown Monet" at the Royal Academy, which opens Saturday and runs to June 10, is set to be one of the most visited shows in the British capital this year.

"You may think that everything has been seen of Monet but this aspect has never been properly addressed," said Mary Anne Stevens, the Royal Academy's senior curator.

"This exhibition opens up a new way of looking at this artist."

Some 80 works, most of which have never been shown in public, make up the exhibition, with highlights including London scenes depicting landmarks such as Waterloo Bridge and sketches of Normandy in France.

Despite his reputation as a master of oils, Monet first gained artistic acclaim as a teenager caricaturing local celebrities in his home town of Le Havre, on France's north coast.

Later in his career, he made quick pastel sketches to study subtle changes of light and filled sketchbooks with pencil drawings when he was grappling with a subject for the first time.

The exhibition will transfer to the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in the United States from June 24.

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