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Two Chances To See Monet Paintings This Fall In Balboa Park

Claude Monet's

Credit: San Diego Museum of Art

Above: Claude Monet's "Haystacks at Chailly," painted in 1865.

Two Chances To See Monet Paintings This Fall In Balboa Park


Derrick Cartwright, director of curatorial affairs, Timken Museum of Art

Ariel Plotek, modern and contemporary art curator, San Diego Museum of Art


His paintings gave a name to the Impressionist movement and his life spanned to the beginnings of modern art. The 19th Century French painter Claude Monet's works are celebrated in museums around the world, and this fall they will be celebrated in Balboa Park.

Two mini-exhibits, one at the Timken Museum of Art, the other at the San Diego Museum of Art, will show five of Monet's nature paintings, including one of his frequently painted observations of water lilies and what is believed to be the first of his famed series of haystack paintings.

"The two shows really will complement each other. The Timken has paintings that are closely related to one another," Ariel Plotek, San Diego Museum of Art modern and contemporary art curator, said. "You have a selection of Monet painting the same type of scene there and in our case, a very concise overview. There, you can observe the nuanced return to the same motif, time and again."

The Timken's exhibit runs through Dec. 31; the San Diego Museum of Art's runs through Jan. 21.

Plotek and Timken Museum of Art director of curatorial affairs Derrick Cartwright joined KPBS Midday Edition on Monday to discuss the significance of Monet's painting series and the Timken's choice of music to complement the exhibit.


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