Nineteenth-century Bostonians were on the cutting edge of collecting when the innovative works of French Impressionists burst on the scene. One of the largest holdings of Claude Monet’s (1840–1926) work outside France, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) acquired dozens of his Impressionist masterpieces that came to reside in the city when Monet's landscapes caught the eye of local collectors during the artist's lifetime.
To celebrate the museum’s 150th anniversary, the MFA planned this spring to showcase its renowned collection of 35 Monet paintings for the first time all together in 25 years. When the global health crisis shuttered doors in March, the exhibition, Monet and Boston: Lasting Impression, was postponed for in-person viewing and pivoted online with enhanced features.
Virtual visitors can view a video talk from associate curator of European paintings Katie Hanson or browse a slideshow preview of artworks. Take in the art online while you enjoy music both inspired by Monet and originating in his era with classical violinist Lilit Hartunian. There is also a Spotify playlist curated by songwriter and musician Barrie.
End the virtual visit by taking a Monet home: download a Zoom meeting background of Grainstack (Sunset); Antibes (Afternoon Effect); Morning on the Seine, near Giverny, and more.
An exhibition catalogue is available.