July 23, 2007

Claude Monet's unknown drawings and sketches at the Clark Art Institute

Ken Johnson in the Boston Globe: "For Monet, the drawing problem was twofold. Practically, his drawing skills were not up to academic standards. And he was temperamentally disinclined to submit to the conservative authority of academic rules and regulations. So even if it is true that Monet continued to draw through his career, what is more importantly true is that to realize himself as an artist, he had to reject the idea of drawing as foundational. To become an artist he had to become an outlaw and break out of the prison that was academic drawing." Read more. "The Unknown Monet: Pastels and Drawings," Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA. Through Sept. 16.