"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 Manet, Degas, Renoir 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.