If you see no other art exhibition this year, you must absolutely see this one. Monet: The Early Years just debuted at the Legion of Honor over the weekend and it really is breathtaking.
The exhibition begins with the first painting of his that was ever displayed in public, View near Rouelles. It was created in 1858 when the artist was just 17 years old. Some sixty paintings follow, and in them you can see how his unique visual language and technique developed. These are striking works that reveal his early interest in painting textures, and the interplay of light upon surfaces.
The exhibition covers his paintings from 1852 to 1872 – his work before impressionism. His paintings depict moments both large and small, with friends and loved ones, in the solitude of forests and fields, and in the quiet scenes of everyday.
You can see the paintings online, and read the exhibition notes and descriptions, by clicking here. The exhibition runs through May 29.