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Monet and Boudin exhibition at Thyssen-Bornemisza museum, until September 30

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Monet and Boudin exhibition at Thyssen-Bornemisza museum in Madrid

There are exhibitions that if you like art you should not let go and this is one of them.

Two of the great teachers french landscapers from the second half of the 19th century face to face, Monet and Boudín.

You can see it in Madrid until September 30 within the framework of temporary exhibitions that periodically performs the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum.


Monet and Boudin exhibition at Thyssen-Bornemisza museum in Madrid

In this exhibition you will see how paintings of both painters alternate, Eugéne Boudín (1824-1898), the teacher, and his great student 15 years younger,Claude Monet (1840-1926).

The evolution in time of his painting in a parallel way, is very well reflected in the entire route.

In total 103 works are exhibited of which almost 80 percent have never been seen in Spain.

These works come from different museums and institutions around the world, such as the New York Metropolitan, he Paris d'Orsay Museum wave National Gallery of London among others.

Most of them are painted in northern France, Brittany and Normandy, places that together with Paris were the cradle of the impressionism.

The exhibition is divided into eight sections that are organized chronologically and thematically, and shows the close relationship that the great impressionist artist had Monet and his teacher Boudín.


Trouville de Monet Beach

We begin the visit in the first room with the Picturesque landscape, which is the beginning of the relationship of both artists.

Monet met Boudín in Le Havre (Normandy) in the spring of 1856, at which time Monet He was beginning to be known for his cartoons.

TO Boudín He was struck and encouraged to work in natural landscapes, painting on the beaches and tourists who vacationed in the villages of the area.

From this moment on they were many times that they worked together despite the opposition of the family of Monet, as Boudín He came from a very humble family and they didn't see him with good eyes.

Boudin I teach him to study nature and analyze the light and then transfer everything to the canvas. The luminosity was a true obsession for the teacher, which he studied and developed throughout his life.


Boudin Venice

From this era it is Views around the surroundings of Roulles (1858).

The next room is called The marinas, a genre that began to gain importance among collectors.

Both painters, aware of the demand, devoted much of their work to the marinas. withSant Adresse Beach (1867) of Claude Monet, one of the most outstanding that you can see in this exhibition.

Beach ScenesIt is the next room where the tendency of the bourgeoisie of the mid-nineteenth century to go to the beach as a tourist destination is reflected.

Trouville was a small town that had a good beach where many vacationers went, Boudin and Monet They discovered this trend and settled there with their families.

Since then, every summer they went to paint beach scenes with their well-off characters, as part of modern social life.


Needle in Etretat de Monet

Trouville Beach Scene (1864) of Eugene Boudin or Camille on Trouville Beach (1870) by Claude Monet are works to highlight.

Pastry It is the theme of the fourth room, where you will find a Boudín in 1850 very worried in the study of the heavens.

These cakes were a source of inspiration for the new generation of impressionist painters.

Monet He made later and throughout his career more than a hundred painted cakes on the Norman coast, six of which you can see in this exhibition.

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In the room called Variations The idea of ​​painting is collected as the name implies, variations on the same work, a single motif and different frames according to the atmospheric conditions or the different hours of the day.

Boudin He made about two hundred variations of the Trouville docks with differences according to the atmospheric conditions, although in a more intuitive way and not as systematic as Monet.


Sea in Le Havre de Monet

Another theme of the exhibition is called Rugged coastline dedicated to works made in the 1870s.

The relationship between both painters begins to cool both for personal issues and for the market crisis of the time, andMonet leave aside the social theme and take more interest in the wild nature, for which nothing better than the cliffs of Étretat.

From this era they are, among others, The melting of Wétheuil painted in 1880 by Monet.

Boudin He also tried to give more variety to his work and painted on the Norman coasts more conservative canvases than those of Monet, but with a luminosity very close to impressionism.

Under the name Light, reflections and atmospheric affections works of the time are grouped in whichBoudín He had already achieved economic stability, which allowed him to paint more what he really was interested in.

He painted for himself, but very aware of what the new generations headed by Monet They brought.

Monet He focused on atmospheric effects and on continuing to explore the painting in series with light and reflections wrapping the shapes in all its variants, as can be seen in the work Giverny's Pond of the early twentieth century.


Boudin Abbeville Collegiate Church

The last room under the denominationTrips to the southpick up the final stage, since Boudin He died in 1898.

Both make a trip together to the south of France and change the gray and variant skies of Normandy for the intense light of the Mediterranean.

After this trip, Monet he traveled again to the Côte d'Azur and the Riviera along with Renoir, and moved several months to Italy to work the pink light of the Mediterranean.

In Fourmis Bay (1892), Boudin He used saturated blues, impressed by the shades of the sea, and it was also the first time he finished an outdoor canvas as he normally did in the workshop.

When you leave the exhibition you realize the complicity and friendship that always existed between both painters, althoughMonet refused for a long time to admit how Boudin He could guide his art.

At the end of his life he recognized that he had a debt to the artists of the previous generation and more specifically to his teacher Boudín.

For its part, Boudin at his death he left two letters for Monet in which he summarized his friendship, although complaining about the disagreements and the lack of recognition of his disciple towards him.

Monet and Boudin exhibition schedules

The Monet and Boudin exhibition schedules at the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum from Madrid until June 1 they extend at night, so that from Tuesday to Saturday you can visit it from 10 to 22 hours, and on Sundays, from 10 to 19 hours.

In the month of September from Tuesday to Sunday it opens from 10 to 19 hours, and on Saturdays, from 10 to 21 hours.

On Mondays the exhibition is closed to visitors.

The ticket prices they are, the general one, 12 euros, and the reduced one, 8 euros.

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