The Denver Art Museum’s exhibition, Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature, opened October 21, 2019. Behind the scenes, the Monet exhibition team reached an important milestone eight months prior to that date: the exhibition’s checklist was completed!
Why was that significant? Because, it meant—after more than three years of planning—the exhibition’s curators completed the process of determining which paintings will be included in the exhibition. Reaching this milestone would not have been possible without the generosity of museums and private collectors around the world, who agreed to support the exhibition through loaning paintings.
Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature featured several paintings from the DAM's collection and the Frederic C. Hamilton bequest of impressionist masterworks. In addition, more than 120 artworks came from over 65 different cities across five continents. There’s no doubt Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature presented a very rare—perhaps even once-in-a-lifetime—opportunity to view so many of Monet’s works in one place. This was especially exciting in the context of Monet’s serial approach to painting haystacks, waterlilies, and other subjects.
After Monet’s death, the paintings belonging to these well-known series wound up in museums and collections across the globe. However, when they are viewed together, they reveal Monet’s sensitivity to nature’s changing atmosphere and its subsequent effects on the appearance of light and color.
In honor of the completion of the exhibition checklist, we were excited to share these two maps detailing the numerous locations from which Monet's paintings traveled to Denver for the exhibition.