Terra Collection Initiative: Monet and the Artists of Giverny: The Beginning of American Impressionism

The Terra Foundation for American Art partnered with the Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo to create an unprecedented exhibition devoted to American Impressionism. The village of Giverny, home to French Impressionist Claude Monet, welcomed hundreds of artists for more than thirty years, from 1885 to 1915. Though Claude Monet did not encourage younger artists to follow him to Giverny, the village quickly became a popular destination for international artists and students. These younger artists, most of whom were American, adapted their art according to the impact of daily life in the village and the proximity of Monet, creating a movement that would come to be known as American Impressionism. +

Bringing together 50 paintings from the Terra Foundation as well as numerous works by Claude Monet and American artists, all painted in Giverny, the exhibition explored the impact of one village on the evolution of impressionism. Major paintings by Monet provided context for works by American artists, most of whom were almost unknown in Japan, introducing American Impressionism to Japanese audiences. Traveling to three Japanese museums, the exhibition ultimately reached more than 250,000 visitors.

Dates & Venues

October 9–November 28, 2010
Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, Kitakyushu, Japan

December 7, 2010–February 17, 2011
Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan

February 25–April 10, 2011
Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art, Okayama, Japan

Works of Art from the Terra Foundation Collection

SECTION ONE: Landscapes around Giverny

SECTION TWO: Village Life

SECTION THREE: Friends and Family

SECTION FOUR: The ‘Giverny Group’


Bourguignon, Katherine M. and Shunsuke Kijima. Monet and the Artists of Giverny: the Beginning of American Impressionism [English and Japanese edition]. Fukuoka, Japan: The Nishinippon Shimbun, 2010.

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