Harmon Siegel — Painting with Monet - with Mary Morton — at Conn Ave

Upcoming Event
Saturday, June 1, 2024 - 5:00pm

At pivotal moments in his career, Claude Monet would go out with a fellow artist, plant his easel beside his friend's, and paint the same scene. Painting with Monet closely examines pairs of such works, showing how attention to this practice raises tantalizing new questions about Monet's art and about impressionism as a movement.

Is impressionist painting an objective attempt to capture reality as it really is? Or is it a subjective expression of the artist's unique way of perceiving things? How can artists create a movement without conformity extinguishing individuality? Harmon Siegel reveals how Monet explored problems like these in concrete, practical ways while painting alongside his teachers, Eugène Boudin and Johan Barthold Jongkind; his friends, Frédéric Bazille and Pierre-Auguste Renoir; and his hero, Édouard Manet. At a time of major cultural upheavals, these artists asked how we can know reality beyond our personal perception. Siegel provides new insights into the aesthetic, philosophical, and ethical stakes for these painters as they responded to a rapidly changing society.

Beautifully illustrated, Painting with Monet sheds critical light on how Monet and his fellow impressionists, painting side by side, professed their capacity to know the world and affirmed their belief in what Siegel calls the reality of others.

Harmon Siegel is a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. His writing has appeared in publications such as the Art Bulletin, Artforum, and American Art.

Siegel will be in conversation with Mary Morton. Morton received her PhD in the history of art and architecture in 1998 from Brown University. The former associate curator of paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum (2004–2010) and associate curator of European art at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Houston (1998–2004), she joined the curatorial staff of the National Gallery of Art in 2010. She is currently Curator and Head of the Department of French Paintings at the NGA.

This event is free with first come, first served seating.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Non Fiction
Painting with Monet By Harmon Siegel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780691257433
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Published: Princeton University Press - April 16th, 2024