Monet in Normandy

MonetExplore the colorful French seascapes of Impressionist painter Claude Monet with UNC-TV’s unprecedented look at the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Monet in Normandy exhibition. From the sublime isolation of the great chalk limestone cliffs at Etretat to the picturesque and romantic beaches of Trouville, this half-hour special allows viewers like you to experience Monet's Normandy as captured in his unforgettable paintings. While Claude Monet (1840-1926) was born in Paris, the artist spent most of his life in Normandy and much of his art reflects his special relationship with this northern countryside—its topographical features, its towns and villages, and the overall radiance of the region.

UNC-TV’s Monet in Normandy weaves Monet’s biography with stunning visuals from the Raleigh exhibition that includes art from throughout the storied painter’s lengthy career. Featured displays include early works painted along the north coast of Normandy in the 1860s and are paired with the "honeymoon" paintings of Trouville painted in 1870 alongside other art resulting from his rediscovery of the Normandy coastline in the 1880s. Other canvases seen throughout Monet in Normandy showcase subjects of the artist’s own creation, spotlighting his luminous images of carefully cultivated water gardens at Giverny, which monopolized the artist’s energies until his death in 1926.

Monet in Normandy also features illuminating anecdotes about Monet's life and insightful discussions of Monet's paintings from experts in the field, including: Lawrence Wheeler, Director, North Carolina Museum of Art; David Steel, Curator of European Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art; guest curator, Richard Brettell, professor at The University of Texas at Dallas; and Heather Lemonedes, Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Cleveland Museum of Art.  Throughout the half-hour special, these experts illuminate Monet's more than 60-year career of painting Normandy landmarks, landscapes, and seascapes.

Monet in Normandy is produced and directed by Scott Davis and the UNC-TV team responsible for the 2006 regional Emmy Award-winning special, Matisse, Picasso and the School of Paris. “Monet's art is truly stunning,” says Scott Davis, Executive Producer, External Productions at UNC-TV in North Carolina. “Hopefully this documentary will give our viewers an introduction to Monet's life and long career in Normandy, while also motivating people to go see these extraordinary paintings in person." 

Don’t miss this rare and exciting opportunity to see these one-of-a-kind paintings from the comfort of your own home—filmed from one of only three venues hosting this exhibit in the United States—with Monet in Normandy.

Monet in Normandy is a production of UNC-TV in partnership with the North Carolina Museum of Art. The North Carolina Museum of Art’s Monet in Normandy exhibition is made possible by major support from GlaxoSmithKline and Progress Energy. Additional support is provided by American Airlines and the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

Program Soundtrack:
Composed, performed and produced by Fred Story

1. Two Views of Normandy - Monet In Paris 3:38 (MPG3)
2. Mounting the Exhibition - Arc of a Painter 3.11 (MPG3)
3. Salon Rejection - Meeting Camille - Sainte Adresse 3:14 (MPG3)
4. The Honeymoon - Painting from the Boat - Camille Dies 2:24 (MPG3)
5. Retreating to Normandy - Monet and Alice - Giverny 4:47 (MPG3)
6. Painting in Series - The Cathedral in Rouen 2:46 (MPG3)
7. Water - Older and Wiser - The Collection 4:52 (MPG3)
8. Closing Credits 1:32 (MPG3)

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