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No subject held greater fascination for Claude Monet than the Seine River. The Impressionist painter captured every aspect of life on the iconic French waterway, using the Seine to explore many of the artistic concerns that define his work, especially the transformative effects of light and atmosphere on a particular subject.
Music by two of Monet's contemporaries — Maurice Ravel (1875–1937) and Claude Debussy (1862–1918) — provides the perfect counterpoint to Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River. This exhibition is also the focus of three Houston Symphony performances led by Hans Graf, conductor laureate, on Oct. 23, 25, and 26 at Jones Hall.
At this Artful Thursday, enjoy sneak previews of both the museum's exhibition and the symphony's performances. Curator Helga Aurisch presents highlights of the exhibition's key themes and paintings, and musicians from the Houston Symphony play chamber music from the Impressionist period.