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Claude Monet, “Rounded Flower Bed (Corbeille de fleurs),” 1876, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts.

DETROIT“Monet: Framing Life” is an intimate exhibition focusing on an important painting in the DIA collection—Claude Monet’s “Rounded Flower Bed (Corbeille de fleurs)” from 1876, formerly known as “Gladioli” and recently retitled based on new research. Monet created this work while living in the Paris suburb of Argenteuil between late 1871 and early 1878, an especially productive time. It was there that he met and worked beside fellow avant-garde painters that formed the group now known as the Impressionists.

This exhibition brings the DIA’s painting together with 10 other Argenteuil paintings by Monet and fellow impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir—including seven major loans from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. In doing so, the exhibition presents a more comprehensive story about the creation of “Rounded Flower Bed (Corbeille de fleurs)” and how it fits into Monet’s body of work, as well as the history of Impressionism more broadly.

A catalog accompanies the exhibition.

This exhibition has been organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts and made possible by the Bonnie Ann Larson Modern European Master Series.

Generous corporate support has been provided by Park West Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, Altair, English Gardens, and Grand Hotel—Mackinac Island. 

Major support has been provided by Lois and Avern Cohn. Additional funding is contributed by Dr. Mark and Amy Haimann, Dr. Theodore and Diana Golden, anonymous donors, Eleanore and Dick Gabrys, and Andrew L. and Gayle Shaw Camden.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

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Claude Monet, “Snow in Argenteuil,” 1875, oil on canvas. The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Matsukata Collection.

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Claude Monet, “Argenteuil,” about 1872, oil on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection, 1970.17.42.

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 Claude Monet, “Bridge at Argenteuil on a Gray Day,” about 1876, oil on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection, 1970.17.44.

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, “Claude Monet Painting in His Garden at Argenteuil,” 1873, oil on canvas. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut. Bequest of Anne Parrish Titzell, 1957.614.

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, “Claude Monet,” 1872, oil on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 1985.64.35.

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir,  Regatta at Argenteuil,” 1874, oil on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection, 1970.17.59.

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Claude Monet, “The Artist’s Garden in Argenteuil (A Corner of the Garden with Dahlias),” 1873, oil on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Gift of Janice H. Levin, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art, 1991.27.1.

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Claude Monet, “The Artist’s House at Argenteuil,” 1873, oil on canvas. The Art Institute of Chicago. Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1933.1153.

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Claude Monet, “The Bridge at Argenteuil,” 1874, oil on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 1983.1.24.

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Claude Monet, “Woman with a Parasol–Madame Monet and Her Son,” 1875, oil on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 1983.1.29.