The fascinating art of Claude Monet is now being relived at Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory. It is six miles from the Art Institute of Chicago, which has long been home to the biggest collection of artwork by Claude Monet outside of Paris.
The event will be presented in tandem with the “Monet and Chicago” exhibit at the Art Institute. One of the best things is that The Garfield Park Conservatory will transform its Artist’s Garden into an exquisite display inspired by the amazing works of Claude Monet.
If you are a visitor, you will be able to take in some of the pretty asters, nasturtiums, dahlias, and rose standards which populated Claude Monet’s canvases, as well as a beautiful living wall inspired by the gorgeous “Water Lilies” series. The Flowers of Monet is certainly a special and unique display in the Artist’s Garden. It will feature some important examples of the plant life that managed to capture Monet’s imagination and then inspired both his technique and vision. Isn’t that amazing!
Inspired by Monet’s brilliant paintings, horticulturists will also bring his canvases to life with many blooms, such as dahlias, asters, and rose standards.
The exhibit was delayed for several months because of the coronavirus pandemic, but now the wait is over. The exhibit will feature vivid flowers as well as an explanation of how the influential and iconic French artist inspired this garden.
Monet and Chicago
Beginning in September, the collection will almost double in size with the grand opening of a new exhibit called Monet and Chicago. ‘Monet and Chicago’ spans over 70 pieces and will feature some of the Impressionist’s best and most famous paintings, along with drawings and sketches that reveal the immaculate craft behind the celebrated artist’s works. You can’t miss it!
Did you know that Monet and Chicago will be one of the first exhibits to trace the legendary artist’s connection to the city?
Tributes to Monet’s Work
As the “Monet and Chicago” exhibit is opening at the Art Institute this weekend, Chicago is also celebrating with a number of tributes to the brilliant work of the great French Impressionist. For example, River North bar Boleo will serve an amazing menu of several Monet-inspired cocktails. Also, a developer has developed a brilliant Snapchat lens that can put you right inside a gorgeous water lily painting, which is excellent.
And that is not all; the Garfield Park Conservatory is also debuting a garden that is devoted to the various flowers and plants that appear frequently on some of Claude Monet’s most popular canvases. Officials at Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance said that they have a couple of chic highlights throughout the garden that accurately represent Monet’s work in unusual and new ways.
To spend thirty minutes walking through “The Flowers of Monet in the Artist’s Garden,” you will have to buy a timed ticket for $5. However, children can enter for free. Although many indoor areas of the Garfield Park Conservatory are closed to the public because of the pandemic, access to most of its outdoor gardens is free—you will only have to make a reservation.
Also, keep in mind that the beautiful Monet-inspired garden is open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm Wednesday through to Sunday. It will remain for public display as long as the weather permits. And an October cold snap in the city is certainly not out of the question. As a result, you may want to book the tickets as soon as possible.
Did you know that Monet’s introduction to Chicago came in 1888? This was when the artist presented his work in a local art gallery along with his peers. The Art Institute of Chicago hosted Monet’s first solo show in 1895 in the US. And shortly after, it also became the first American museum to buy one of Monet’s paintings. Unlike many other artists from his era, Monet was immediately praised and adored by critics.
The temporary exhibit also provides an opportunity to see Monet’s amazing paintings in a new and unique light. This is because recent advancements in research, as well as scientific analysis, offer visitors a deeper insight into the way Monet created some of the most unique and revered works of art of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Monet’s Unique Pieces
The best part about this exhibit is that along with the 13 drawings and 33 paintings in the Art Institute’s collection, this exhibition will feature some of Claude Monet’s rarely seen pieces. Some of them are seascapes, landscapes, and still lifes. Note that the featured art will span Monet’s whole career, from his celebrated water lilies to his earliest caricatures. If you are an art aficionado, then this exhibit is definitely worth it.