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Monet to Matisse: Impressionism to Modernism at the MFAH

Water Lilies, Claude Monet, 1907; in May 1909, Monet presented this work, along with 47 other water-lily paintings, at a highly successful exhibition in the gallery of his art dealer, Durand-Ruel

Water Lilies, Claude Monet, 1907; in May 1909, Monet presented this work, along with 47 other water-lily paintings, at a highly successful exhibition in the gallery of his art dealer, Durand-Ruel

Rotterdam, the Bourse Bridge, Eugene Boudin, 1876; Claude Monet, who considered Boudin his only teacher, invited him to participate in the first Impressionist exhibition, to which Boudin submitted six works

Rotterdam, the Bourse Bridge, Eugene Boudin, 1876; Claude Monet, who considered Boudin his only teacher, invited him to participate in the first Impressionist exhibition, to which Boudin submitted six works

Portrait of a Young Girl, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1879; the greatest portraitist of the Impressionists, Renoir captures this young girl as she leans over the balustrade of a theater box

Portrait of a Young Girl, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1879; the greatest portraitist of the Impressionists, Renoir captures this young girl as she leans over the balustrade of a theater box

Chestnut Trees in Winter, Louveciennes, Camille Pissarro, 1872; one of the artists most faithful to the Impressionist movement, Pissarro primarily produced sensitively observed landscapes

Chestnut Trees in Winter, Louveciennes, Camille Pissarro, 1872; one of the artists most faithful to the Impressionist movement, Pissarro primarily produced sensitively observed landscapes

Portrait of Jean Monet, Claude Monet, c. 1869; a proud father, Claude Monet painted his son Jean, born 1867, repeatedly; the Monet to Matisse Exhibition runs through Sept 19 and costs a few extra dollars

Portrait of Jean Monet, Claude Monet, c. 1869; a proud father, Claude Monet painted his son Jean, born 1867, repeatedly; the Monet to Matisse Exhibition runs through Sept 19 and costs a few extra dollars

Portrait of Jane Thyldao, Pablo Picasso, 1901; nothing is known about the subject of this portrait, but her face and headdress closely resemble those of the woman in one of Picasso's most famous early portraits, Lady in Blue (also 1901)

Portrait of Jane Thyldao, Pablo Picasso, 1901; nothing is known about the subject of this portrait, but her face and headdress closely resemble those of the woman in one of Picasso's most famous early portraits, Lady in Blue (also 1901)

Self-Portrait, Sarah Bernhardt, ca. 1910; not only the most celebrated actress of her time, Bernhardt was also an extraordinarily accomplished painter and sculptor who had works accepted by the Paris Salon

Self-Portrait, Sarah Bernhardt, ca. 1910; not only the most celebrated actress of her time, Bernhardt was also an extraordinarily accomplished painter and sculptor who had works accepted by the Paris Salon

The Port of Cassis, Charles Camoin, 1904-05; personally I didn't care for this painting but since Cassis is one of my favorite French towns I had to include it; admission to the museum is free on Thursdays

The Port of Cassis, Charles Camoin, 1904-05; personally I didn't care for this painting but since Cassis is one of my favorite French towns I had to include it; admission to the museum is free on Thursdays

Boats on the Beach at Etretat, Claude Monet, 1883; possibly inspired by Courbet, Monet rented his house in Giverny to spend time painting in Normandy where he had painted previously in 1868-69

Boats on the Beach at Etretat, Claude Monet, 1883; possibly inspired by Courbet, Monet rented his house in Giverny to spend time painting in Normandy where he had painted previously in 1868-69

The Loing Canal, Alfred Sisley, 1884; one of my favorite French Impressionists, here Sisley paints one of the canals that made shipping from Paris to Lyon possible

The Loing Canal, Alfred Sisley, 1884; one of my favorite French Impressionists, here Sisley paints one of the canals that made shipping from Paris to Lyon possible

The Maures Mountain Chain, Provence, Henri Cross, 1906-07; although Cross remained faithful to his Pointillist technique, the innovations of the Fauves can clearly be felt by Cross' use of intense colors

The Maures Mountain Chain, Provence, Henri Cross, 1906-07; although Cross remained faithful to his Pointillist technique, the innovations of the Fauves can clearly be felt by Cross' use of intense colors

The Bell Tower of Saint-Tropez, Paul Signac, 1900; through the use of dots of unmixed color, the Pointillists sought to achieve the greatest luminosity and harmony in their paintings

The Bell Tower of Saint-Tropez, Paul Signac, 1900; through the use of dots of unmixed color, the Pointillists sought to achieve the greatest luminosity and harmony in their paintings

The Japanese Footbridge at Giverny, Claude Monet, ca. 1922; Monet was in his eighties and affected by failing eyesight when he painted this piece; the strident color scheme and vigorously applied paint give it a shocking look

The Japanese Footbridge at Giverny, Claude Monet, ca. 1922; Monet was in his eighties and affected by failing eyesight when he painted this piece; the strident color scheme and vigorously applied paint give it a shocking look

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