The project for the exhibition “Monet, ritorno in Riviera” resulted from two intense letters written by Claude Monet, before and after his trip to the Riviera in 1884.
That journey and stay were 135 years ago; now Bordighera and Dolceacqua once again host three paintings which the father of Impressionism produced on these sites to capture their light. Art critics regard the masterpieces exhibited as some of the most interesting in his production.
Both exhibition venues, through a complementary set-up, will feature a multimedia exhibition pathway which will outline the artist’s experience during his journey and stay in the Riviera. At the same time, valuable photographic documentation and the display of important artworks from the Collezione Civica in Bordighera and important private collectors, will shine a light on life in the Riviera between the end of the nineteenth and the early twentieth century.
Claude Monet thus becomes the protagonist, together with an extraordinary territory which discovered its vocation at the time, progressing from the periphery of a poor region, nineteenth-century Liguria, to a major destination for tourism and international culture.
Paris 17 January 1884
“My dear Monsieur Durand,
(…) I am leaving full of ardour; I have the impression that I will achieve something wonderful. With all my devotion”
Bordighera, 25 March 1884
“(…) I’m not sure what I have done is good. I don’t know anything anymore; I have worked so hard, made so much effort, that I have become a brute. If it were possible, I would like to erase everything then start again, because you need to live in a country for a long time in order to paint it, you need to have painstakingly worked there to reproduce it with any certainty; but will we ever be satisfied in front of Nature, and especially here… Surrounded by this dazzling light, I find my palette extremely modest; Art would need tons of gold and diamonds. I just did what I could.
Maybe, after returning home, it will remind a little of what I have seen”.
The three paintings will be displayed in two exhibition venues:
- “Vallée de Sasso, effet de soleil” at Villa Regina Margherita in Bordighera;
- “Le Château de Dolceacqua” and “Monte Carlo vu de Roquebrune” at Castello Doria in Dolceacqua.
The project has been made possible by the partnership with the Marmottan Monet Museum in Paris, through the valuable work by its curator, Mme Marianne Mathieu, and by support from H.R.H. Albert II of Monaco.
Curator: Aldo Jean Herlaut.
Exhibition pathway: Mu.MA – Musei del Mare e delle Migrazioni Institution in Genoa
The exhibition is promoted by the Municipalities of Bordighera and Dolceacqua, with the support of the Liguria Regional Government and of the Imperia Provincial Government, thanks to a contribution by Compagnia di San Paolo and Permare s.r.l.