“Monet was born on the Seine, grew up where the Seine meets the English Channel. It became ‘his’ river,” says exhibit co-curator Helga Aurisch of MFAH. “I think it held a particular fascination for him because he was so interested in the changes in nature, and nothing changes more quickly than the sky or the water.” And indeed, the stunning works show an amalgamation of sky, water, tree, plants and people life along the Seine. Many of these paintings were done from the same spot, which, depending on the weather or the time of day, could take on a whole different look.
“I hope this exhibition will show his astonishing development as an artist,” Aurisch sums up. “From the marine painter we see in the 1860s to one who pushes painting to its limits in his lyrical, abstract and magically beautiful compositions.”
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and -Saturdays; 12:15 to 7 p.m. Sundays. Through February 1. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713‑639‑7300 or visit mfah.org. $23.
Sundays, 12:15-7 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Starts: Oct. 26. Continues through Feb. 1, 2014