After already showcasing the works of Picasso, Rodin, Dali, and Rembrandt, Sabancı University’s Sakıp Sabancı Museum is bringing the works of French impressionist painter Claude Monet to the public between October 9, 2012 and January 6, 2013. Monet is known as the father of French Impressionism after an art critic dubbed his style as such due to its heavy concentration on form and light, rather than realism. The exhibition, which focuses on large paintings of flowers and nature that he was famous for, showcases Monet’s works from the last 30 years of his life.
The works include paintings from the period of his life he spent in Giverny from 1883 until his death, and his representations of the surrounding nature, such as his own garden that featured water lilies, ponds, and bridges. Water lilies and lily ponds were in fact a favorite subject for Monet and he did numerous paintings in this theme, playing with different color compositions to bring out the muted and unshapely lilies, with each painting displaying a slightly different mood. In addition to Monet’s paintings, the exhibition also features Monet’s close friend French impressionist painter Auguste Renoir’s portraits of Monet and his wife Camille, as well as Monet’s personal belongings and photographs, providing a rare glimpse into the life of an artist who was immensely talented but struggled with poverty, depression, and illness.
How much: 12TL (adults); 8TL (with group discount); 4TL (students older than 14 years old and teachers); Free (Children under 14 years old, Sabancı University students and academic staff)