Claude Monet: 1840-1926

The Art Institute of Chicago recently closed the curtain on one of the most successful art exhibits of all time. "Claude Monet: 1840-1926" was the largest and most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to the paintings of the leader of the Impressionists. One hundred fifty-nine works from around the world were brought together for this once-in-a-lifetime show. The attendance was unparalleled. During its run from July 22 to November 26, 1995, advance admissions were completely sold out, leading to the surreal spectacle of tickets for an art exhibit being scalped as if it were the Super Bowl. The show was an aesthetic as well as a popular success, with the selection of paintings offering the finest examples of Monet's work from every period of his career.

For the many art enthusiasts who were unable to attend the show, Glyphs presents a selection of eight important works, with commentary. We would like to express our appreciation to the Art Institute of Chicago for providing slides for our digital reproduction.

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