Spotlight on Claude Monet with Dr. Timea Andrea Lelik

Spotlight on Claude Monet with Dr. Timea Andrea Lelik


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Our spotlight on Claude Monet (1840-1926) examines the work of the founder of the Impressionist movement. Through a comprehensive but accessible introduction to the oeuvre of the artist, we will explore Monet’s contribution to modern art history. While analyzing autobiographical information to better grasp the inspiration sources of the painter, we will proceed to an in-depth analysis of his most celebrated works created en plein air.

Disappointed with traditional art lessons at universities, Monet became a student of Charles Gleyre in Paris in 1862, where he met Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Frédéric Bazille, and Alfred Sisley. Together they shared new approaches to art, painting the effects of light en plein air with broken color and rapid brushstrokes. Monet eventually started exhibiting his work together with Renoir, Pissarro, Sisley, Cézanne, Degas, and Morisot under the name the Anonymous Society of Painters, Sculptors, and Engravers, for which Monet was a leading figure. At the first exhibition, in 1874, he displayed Impression, Sunrise, to which the art critic Louis Leroy wrote a hostile review. Leroy then coined the term "Impressionism" which came to denominate the entire group.

During our conversation, we will examine several of Monet’s early works that prefigure his interest in variations of color and light, after which we will analyze his works included in the independent Impressionist exhibitions. We will end with an in-depth analysis of his latest series of works depicting his garden and waterlilies at Giverny, a theme that preoccupied him for over twenty years.

Led by an expert on modern and contemporary art and published author, Dr. Timea Andrea Lelik, this interactive seminar will explore the contribution of this great artist to art history. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding and appreciation of the most celebrated works by Claude Monet and how these influenced the course of modern art.

This seminar has been designed as part of an extended series of Spotlight Conversations featuring Artists throughout history. To learn more, please click here.

Dr. Timea Andrea Lelik is an art historian, curator, and writer based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She holds an MA in art history from Utrecht University and a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Amsterdam. For over ten years she has written, lectured, and published in the international field of modern and contemporary art. As a freelance curator, she organized several exhibitions in The Netherlands and abroad. Since 2016, she is serving as a member of the International Association of Art Critics, AICA, The Netherlands.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Claude Monet

Outstanding talk about the life and works of Monet. As a huge fan of Impressionism, I thought I knew what there was to know. I was wrong. What works so well in these seminars is the combination of stories of the artist's life and his works.

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Claude Monet

Outstanding talk about the life and works of Monet. As a huge fan of Impressionism, I thought I knew what there was to know. I was wrong. What works so well in these seminars is the combination of stories of the artist's life and his works.

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