Claude Monet: letters from Giverny
18 April at 6:30pm & Thursday 19 April at 6:30pm
Venue James O. Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes ACT
Tickets $35 Non-Members; $25 Members/concessions with exhibition viewing $20/$15 for performance only. Tickets at door. Bookings +61 2 6240 6504
Special U27 Price $20 includes exhibition and performance
Held in connection with the exhibition Monet & Japan, the National Gallery of Australia presents The Acting Company in a unique adaptation of some of Claude Monet's 3,000 letters written from his home in Giverny. The work is directed by Peter Wilkins. Peter previously directed Yours Truly, Arthur Streeton at the Gallery.
Canberra actor and artist Ian Croker will play the role of Claude Oscar Monet. The Danish flautist Mette Due - recently arrived in Canberra - will accompany the performance.
Claude Monet - Letters from Giverny depicts the artist from the time of his preoccupation with his series paintings of the haystacks and poplars to the final years of courageous experimentation on the waterlilies series at his Giverny studio.
The selection of letters and the dramatisation of Monet's words, thought and feelings provides a unique insight into the life and times of one of the worlds most beloved and admired artists.
The letters repeatedly reveal a lurking melancholy, darkened by his preoccupation with the weather, his tortuous insecurity, and in his latter years, the frustrating battle with glaucoma and the terrifying threat of blindness.
Monet emerges from the correspondence as a more troubled and complex individual than his sun filled canvasses might suggest.
Monet & Japan
Claude Monet's intimate relationship with Japanese art is vividly demonstrated in the exhibition Monet & Japan. Paintings by Monet are shown with Japanese prints, screens and scrolls to highlight the ways in which the great French artist immersed himself in Japanese imagery to draw inspiration for some of his most important works.
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