MFAH/Dallas Museum of Art, Munger Fund Claude Monet, "The Seine at Lavacourt," 1880, oil on canvas.
Throughout his lengthy artistic life, Claude Monet (1840-1926) painted a lot of different subject matter. But he had a particular fondness for water. And then for one certain body of water.
"I have painted the Seine throughout my entire life, at every hour, at every season," he once said. "I have never tired of it. For me, the Seine is always new."
Things get rollin' on the river when the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents a unique exhibit of 52 works by the leading light of French Impressionism in "Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River."
The exhibit was put together by the MFAH and the Philbrook Museum of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Works were borrowed from a variety of museum, corporate, and private collections.
The paintings - which span decades - detail Monet's fascination with the waterway, and include many from his groundbreaking 1896-97 "Mornings on the Seine" series, which were exhibited to great acclaim.