Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926), Water Lily Pond (Japanese Bridge), 1899, oil on canvas, 81.3 x 101.6 cm. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Gift of Victoria Nebeker Coberly, in memory of her son John W. Mudd, and Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg 1992.9.1. Courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

« Monet: The Late Years is currently on view at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, following a successful run at San Francisco’s de Young Museum, where I recently had the chance to see it. If I had to describe the exhibition in one word, it would be “ravishing.” To say that the paintings are beautiful would be an understatement. There are fifty-two of them from collections around the world covering the period 1896 to 1926, the year of Monet’s death. I find the world a grim place these days, especially in political terms, but I came away from this exhibition in a far better mood than I have been in a long time. »

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