Imagine Monet, immerse yourself in the art of Claude Monet

Imagine Monet, immerse yourself in the art of Claude Monet

The 36-minute exhibition is divided into three parts: from his environment to his major series, up to his garden in Giverny with the great Water Lilies cycle. More than 3000 images parade there both on the ground and on the walls.


Claude Monet being a master painterThese boards lend themselves well to this type of immersive exhibitionbelieves the co-director ofImagine Monet, Annabelle Mauger. These boards enveloping give the impression of being immersed in the heart of the scene, and not of being only spectators, according to her.

Annabelle Mauger, co-director of the “Imagine Monet” exhibition.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Marika Bellavance

Claude Monet is the painter of the field, but also of the off-field: he is someone who wanted to paint almost without horizon and I believe that discovering him in an immersive way is in a way paying homage to him.explains Ms. Mauger.

Claude Monet was not only the father of impressionism, but he was also the father of immersion. »

A quote from Annabelle Mauger, co-director of the exhibition Imagine Monet

To be able to immerse yourself in his paintings, the projection room is completely stripped of texts and explanations. Before entering, a series of explanatory panels briefly summarize the life of Monet and the three phases of the exhibition scenario.

Before the screening, an educational room offers some information about the art of Claude Monet.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Marika Bellavance

[La salle immersive]it really is a space [pour tous], whatever your age, culture, language, even your level of interest in art history. So having this educational space upstream was very important.raises the creator.

colors and lights

Worthy of the Impressionist movement, Monet’s works include many bright colors, deposited in small strokes. It was almost primary dabs of paint in fact, he hardly mixed his paintexplains Annabelle Mauger.

Impressionist painters often created their paintings outdoors, using color tubes, to paint landscapes.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Marika Bellavance

The artist painted his pictures in the open air, where he observed the variations of light. Flowers were kind of his obsession, not for the flowers themselves, but for the light bouncing off them.argues the co-director.

This obsession pour la lumière prompted Monet to paint various series, such as Poplars, Millstones and The Cathedrals of Rouena building he painted at different times of the day and seasons of the year.

Flowers are very important to Claude Monet, who depicts them in several of his paintings.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Marika Bellavance


The exhibition is intended as a moment of peace for visitors, like the work of Monet.

I believe that Monet really wanted to build universes and environments of peace, because he was a man who suffered enormously from the various wars he went through, in particular the First World War, at the end of his life.argues Annabelle Mauger.

The exhibition highlights more than 200 paintings by Claude Monet, among the most important of his career.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Marika Bellavance

I think that’s what I would like people to remember: this peaceful side and this light, which changes, but remains. »

A quote from Annabelle Mauger, co-director of the exhibition Imagine Monet

Imagine Monet runs until August 14 at the EY Center in Ottawa.

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