Field of Poppies, Giverny by Claude Monet

Art of the Week

In its latest exhibition “Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, and Their Times: The Mellon Collection of French Art,” the Frist Art Museum is presenting work from some of the world’s most widely revered and accomplished artists.

The show features famous examples of French Impressionism, alongside other works from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that exemplify Romanticism and Cubism, all borrowed from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. In addition to the show’s namesakes, work from Picasso, Delacroix and others will be on display.

Field of Poppies, Giverny by Claude Monet is just one highlight of this special collection. Monet is perhaps the best known Impressionist painter in history and this piece captures both his en plein air approach and ability to capture the visual sensations of natural beauty in ways that a photograph cannot.

Field of Poppies, Giverny is one of four paintings of poppy fields that Monet completed during the summer of 1885″ according to a label prepared by Frist’s chief curator Mark Scala. “Monet quite likely set up his easel in a field near his house to capture the scene. His home appears in the middle distance, and to the right is the future site of his studio, in which he would paint his famous water lily canvases.”

The piece, along with the full exhibition, will be on display at Frist until May 5.

Frist Art Museum is located at 919 Broadway.

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