Claude Monet and Claude Debussy
Carnegie Museum of Art is delighted to bring you artwork from our collection whose stories and themes connect with the sounds you will hear from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. We hope you enjoy experiencing this work of art alongside the performance.
Writers, musicians, artists, and intellectuals met and mingled in 19th century Paris. This cross-pollination gave rise to new ideas including Impressionism. Debussy shunned the title even though the softness and sensuality of his music helped to define it. Monet embraced it to describe his visual expression of the world. Despite their individual leanings, both found inspiration in the sea. Debussy, who translated the mood that water could convey into musical notes, had a life-long love of the sea beginning with his sailor father. Monet, as indicated by the quote, had a visceral reaction to viewing the sea in front of him.