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Another art coup for Houston: Blockbuster new MFAH exhibit is sure to leave an impression

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MFAH Claude Monet May 2014 - The Seine at Giverny
Claude Monet, The Seine at Giverny, 1885, oil on canvas, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Museum Appropriation Fund. Photo courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
MFAH Claude Monet May 2014 - The Seine at Bougival
Claude Monet, The Seine at Bougival, 1869, oil on canvas, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire, museum purchase with Currier Funds. Photo courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
MFAH Claude Monet May 2014 Morning on the Seine, Giverny
Claude Monet, Morning on the Seine, Giverny, 1897, oil on canvas, Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Bequest of Miss Susan Dwight Bliss. Photo courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
MFAH Claude Monet May 2014 - The Seine at Lavacourt
Claude Monet, The Seine at Lavacourt, 1880, oil on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, Munger Fund. Photo courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
MFAH Claude Monet May 2014 - The Floating Ice
Claude Monet, The Floating Ice, 1880, oil on canvas, Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vt. Photo courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
MFAH Claude Monet May 2014 - Ships Riding on the Seine at Rouen
Claude Monet, Ships Riding on the Seine at Rouen, 1872/1873, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection. Photo courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
MFAH Claude Monet May 2014 - Morning on the Seine, Near Giverny
Claude Monet, Morning on the Seine, near Giverny, 1897, oil on canvas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, gift of Mrs. W. Scott Fitz. Photo courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
MFAH Claude Monet May 2014 - The Church at Vetheuil
Claude Monet, The Church at Vétheuil, 1880, oil on canvas, Southampton City Art Gallery, Hampshire, U.K. Photo courtesy of The Bridgeman Art Library
The Menil Magritte The Mystery of the Ordinary February 2014 Treachery of Images
René Magritte, The Treachery of Images, 1928, oil on canvas. Photo courtesy of © 2013 Museum Associates/LACMA, Licensed by Art Resource, New York/Courtesy of © Charly Herscovici, ADAGP/Artists Rights Society, New York
The Menil Magritte The Mystery of the Ordinary February 2014 Not to be Reproduced
René Magritte, Not to be Reproduced, 1937, oil on canvas. Photo courtesy of Studio Tromp, Rotterdam/Courtesy of © Charly Herscovici, London/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
The Menil Magritte The Mystery of the Ordinary February 2014 False Mirror
René Magritte, The False Mirror, 1928, oil on canvas. Photo courtesy of © Charly Herscovici, ADAGP/Artists Rights Society, 2014
The Menil Collection Magritte Memories of a Voyage The Dominion of Light
René Magritte, The Dominion of Light, 1954, oil on canvas. Photo by Paul Hester/Courtesy of © Charly Herscovici/ADAGP/Artists Rights Society, 2013
MFAH Claude Monet May 2014 - The Seine at Giverny
MFAH Claude Monet May 2014 - The Seine at Bougival
MFAH Claude Monet May 2014 Morning on the Seine, Giverny
MFAH Claude Monet May 2014 - The Seine at Lavacourt
MFAH Claude Monet May 2014 - The Floating Ice
MFAH Claude Monet May 2014 - Ships Riding on the Seine at Rouen
MFAH Claude Monet May 2014 - Morning on the Seine, Near Giverny
MFAH Claude Monet May 2014 - The Church at Vetheuil
The Menil Magritte The Mystery of the Ordinary February 2014 Treachery of Images
The Menil Magritte The Mystery of the Ordinary February 2014 Not to be Reproduced
The Menil Magritte The Mystery of the Ordinary February 2014 False Mirror
The Menil Collection Magritte Memories of a Voyage The Dominion of Light

After the wildly successful Age of Impressionism exhibition, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is preparing to celebrate another master of Impressionism.

"Our visitors clearly loved The Age of Impressionism, since it proved to be one of the best-attended of our recent exhibitions," MFAH director Gary Tinterow says.

The past exhibition, comprised of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute's incredible holdings of pieces from ManetDegasRenoir and the like, has led the museum to host the works of another incredible Impressionist — Claude Monet.

 The collection offers people the opportunity to get up close and personal with pieces many have only seen reproduced.  

The upcoming exhibition, Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River, which begins on Oct. 26, will highlight Monet's fascination with the iconic French waterway. With more than 50 paintings on loan from museums, galleries and private collections from around the world, the exhibition accurately conveys Monet's love of the river, featured in works spanning his entire career.

Whether as the focal point of the work or simply as the background for cityscapes or scenes of leisure and modern life, understanding Monet's love of the Seine is integral to fully grasping his identity as an artist.

While the Monet exhibition doesn't open for a few months, the Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary exhibition at the Menil Collection finishes on Sunday. The collection features Belgian surrealist René Magritte's works from the early part of his career, specifically from 1926 to 1938. The exhibition features approximately 80 paintings, collages and objects, as well as a selection of photographs, periodicals and early commercial works, illustrating Magritte's formative years as an artist.

As a collaboration between the Menil Collection, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Modern Art, the comprehensive collection offers people the opportunity to get up close and personal with pieces many have only seen reproduced, including The Treachery of Images ("Ceci n'est pas une pipe").

If you can't make it to the Menil Collection by Sunday, Memories of a Voyage: The Late Work of René Magritte, which includes pieces such as The Dominion of Light, will be on display through July 13. 

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