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See Iconic Works By Monet For the First Time In Australia At The National Gallery Of Australia

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Claude Monet is kind of a big deal. The father of French Impressionism and all-round really, really famous painter gave us iconic artworks like Water Lilies and Impression, Sunrise. And now some of his masterpieces are coming to a new exhibition exclusive to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.

Monet: Impression Sunrise is an exhibition by the National Gallery, developed in partnership with the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris and Art Exhibitions Australia, bringing some of the world’s best Impressionism to Australia. The centrepiece of the exhibition is Monet’s seminal painting Impression, Sunrise, which inspired the term “Impressionism”.

The painting rarely leaves the Musée Marmottan Monet museum in Paris, so this might be your only chance to see it in person. It’ll be on display in a brand-new space inside the National Gallery that’s been specially designed for the exhibition.

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Image: Claude Monet, ‘Waterlilies’. Purchased 1979, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Other Impressionist masterpieces, including works by Monet, will be making their way Down Under, too, as well as works by artists that influenced the French artist, such as JMW Turner

The artworks trace the history of Impressionism as a developing art form, revealing the formative characteristics of the style – we’re talking light, colour and action (or at least, capturing a momentary view of the world).

For art buffs, it’s an unmissable opportunity to see a masterpiece that became emblematic of a cultural movement. For novices, it’s a great way to learn more about the art world and one of its stars.

Monet: Impression Sunrise opens on June 7 and you’ll have until September 1 to see these iconic artworks. Tickets start at $20.00 for students or concession and $22.00 for adults, and you can book them now on the NGA website or get them at the door.

(Lead image: Claude Monet ,’Impression, sunrise’. Gift of Victorine and Eugène Donop de Monchy 1940, Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris. © Christian Baraja SLB)