Claude Monet and his contemporaries responded to the urban industrial landscape through works that convey the power and promise of modernization. Monet and the Modern City explores the enduring theme of industry in art, capturing the essence of the atmospheric conditions of the modern industrial environment that fascinated artists such as Monet, Camille Pissarro, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Félix Buhot, and Auguste Lepère. Pittsburgh’s own industrial aesthetic is represented by works from the French printmaker Jean-Emile Laboureur’s Ten Etchings of Pittsburgh series and grandiose views of steel mills by Americans Aaron Gorson, Joseph Pennell, and Joseph Stella.
This exhibition features selections from Monet’s Waterloo Bridge: Vision and Process, an exhibition organized by the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester. Carnegie Museum of Art’s own Waterloo Bridge painting is presented alongside two others from the series, thanks to the Memorial Art Gallery and Worcester Art Museum. Together, these works suggest the range of moods and colors that serial painting can produce.
Monet and the Modern City is organized by Akemi May, associate curator of works on paper. The exhibition Monet’s Waterloo Bridge: Vision and Process and accompanying catalogue and technology originated at the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York.