Jan. 16 – April 24
Monet’s London begins the Museum’s 40th anniversary celebration on a high note.
Museum of Fine Arts
255 Beach Drive N.E., on St. Petersburg’s Downtown Waterfront
www.fine-arts.org
727-896-2667
Extended Monet Hours
and Admission Prices

Tuesday-Thursday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Last admission is 45 minutes before closing.

• Adults, $12

• Seniors 65 and up and college students with I.D., $10

• Youth 7-18, $5

• Children six and under, Free

• Adult Admission, $8 from 5-8 p.m. Fridays

• Special group rates are available; please call 727-896-2667, ext. 248, or contact monettours@fine-arts.org.

Monet Education Appreciation Days

February 4, 6–9 p.m.: Educators with current ID receive half-price admission, only $6.

February 18, 6–9 p.m.: College students with valid ID can see Monet’s London for only $5.

This spectacular exhibition features 141 works, including some of the most important paintings produced by the great French Impressionist, Claude Monet.

Inspired by Monet’s Houses of Parliament, Effect of Fog (1904), the exhibition reunites this painting with others from one of the artist’s most successful shows at the Durand-Ruel Gallery in Paris in 1904. Monet narrowed down approximately 100 paintings to 37 for his show at Durand-Ruel. The MFA’s Houses of Parliament was part of that historic exhibition. Other paintings from his "Views of the Thames" series are included in Monet’s London.

A dozen masterpieces by the artist are on view. Stellar works by such contemporaries as Pissarro, Tissot, Derain, and Daubigny, and the Americans, Whistler, Homer, and Hassam will also be displayed. This is the first time in the United States that Monet’s London canvases have been shown with paintings of the Thames by other gifted artists.

In addition to oil paintings, Monet’s London includes watercolors, drawings, photographs, and a large number of prints by such "painter-printmakers" as Félix Buhot, Henri Guérard, and Joseph Pennell. MFA Chief Curator Dr. Jennifer Hardin curated the exhibition, which features works from many major American and European museums.

Monet (1840-1926) was one of a number of progressive artists drawn to London during the period covered by the exhibition. London was a leading commercial center, as well as the capital of the British empire, and attracted people from around the globe. Urban development, increasing industrialization, and the busy port and docks dramatically altered the banks along the Thames and the overall environment.

Such changes and the vast fogs made London, especially near the river, an ideal place for Monet to paint. He was especially fascinated with capturing changes in the atmosphere and the reflection of light on water.

The city earlier drew the American expatriate artist, James McNeill Whistler, who left Paris for London in 1859 and whose Thames Set became one of the period’s most influential series of prints. Whistler’s work in London encouraged other leading artists, including Monet, to cross the English Channel and the Atlantic Ocean. Monet’s London includes exceptional prints by Whistler, with the majority coming from the outstanding graphics collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art and the New York Public Library.

Media Sponsor for all exhibitions and concerts:
 
Presenting Sponsor:

The Focardi Family
in Honor of Claude C. Focardi

 
• The Stuart Society of the MFA • Indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities • British Airways • Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club • St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention and Visitors Bureau • WEDU • Bright House Networks • SunTrust • DEX Imaging • Ruth Eckerd Hall • RBC Dain Rauscher • Mrs. Louise Bishop • Pinellas County Arts Council • City of St. Petersburg