black and white photo of Claude Monet in a white suit and hat in his garden at Giverny

10 Fun Facts about Monet

Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature is at the Denver Art Museum October 21, 2019-February 2, 2020. Buy your ticket today, and enjoy these fun facts about the artist and the exhibition.

1. Monet features more than 120 artworks from 65 different cities across 5 continents.

2. The Denver Art Museum is the only place in the United States you can see this exhibition (the largest American Monet exhibition in two decades). When it leaves Denver, it will travel to the Museum Barberini in Potsdam, Germany. It was co-organized and co-curated by Denver Art Museum curators (Christoph Heinrich and Angelica Daneo) and Ortrud Westheider, Director of Museum Barberini.

3. Monet was an avid gardener, creating and painting beautiful gardens at his home in Giverny. He once said, "Aside from painting and gardening, I'm good for nothing."

4. Legend has it that in their youth, Monet and Renoir spent an entire year surviving on potatoes.

5. Monet loved good food and kept journals of his recipes that were turned into cookbooks (still available for today’s cooks to follow). Get his recipe for carrots à la Fermière.

6. Monet painted more than 100 snow scenes (such as The Houses in the Snow, Norway), using blue and other colors to capture the white landscape.

7. Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo about seeing a painting of fishing boats by Monet. This painting (which is part of the DAM’s collection and is in the exhibition) could be the very painting he was talking about).

8. Monet got many of the hardy waterlilies in his famous pond from Joseph Bory Latour-Marliac, considered the father of hardy waterlily hybridization. Monet first saw Marliac's waterlilies at the 1889 World's Fair in Paris. The Latour-Marliac nursery is still operating, and they have original invoices from Monet's orders in their archives.

9. The exhibition spans Monet's entire career, featuring his first known painting made at the age of 18 and paintings he made late in his life.

10. Based on Monet’s letters, curators imagine he was a little impatient and “cranky” as a traveler. He was used to his routine (he famously ate at the same time every day) and liked to be at home with his family. Still, no other artist of his time traveled as much. He had an adventurous spirit and great desire to explore new imagery and new motifs.

We hope to see you at Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature!

Photo: Claude Monet at Giverny, 1908. Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France / Archives Charmet / Bridgeman Images

Carleen Brice is content manager in the marketing department at the Denver Art Museum. Carleen has been at the DAM since 2013. Every day at the museum she is reminded of this quote by Maya Angelou: "You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."