The exhibition at the Galeries Nationales in Paris reviews the entire career of Claude Monet (1840-1926). He built up a body of work which incarnated Impressionnism in its purest form and by the early twentieth century had laid the foundations of modern art. It is the most important exhibition on Claude Monet for nearly thirty years, following on from the major retrospective at the Galeries Nationales in 1980. Much research has been done on this artist in the intervening period, shedding light on little-known aspects of his work. Orgnised along thematic and chronological lines, the exhibition covers Monet’s career from his beginnings in the 1860s to his last paintings related to the Water Lily cycle in the Musée de l’Orangerie.