Monet and Clemenceau – Japan in Focus

Monet and Japan, a Dialogue between Philippe Piguet and Matthieu Séguéla

Philippe Piguet, historian and art critic.
Matthieu Séguéla, historian, lecturer and researcher

A large collection of Japanese prints, a bridge spanning the water lily pool - the model for which was taken from one of these prints - photographs showing him with a collector of noble descent...
Although Claude Monet never went to Japan, Japan came to him. The Master of Impressionism created an unusual, timeless link with the Land of the Rising Sun. From the studios in Giverny to the Ishibashi Collection, from the Water Lilies in the Musée de l’Orangerie to those on the island of Naoshima, this legacy is still at the heart of the artistic exchanges between France and Japan. This is a dialogue about a passion that Monet combined with his pictorial preoccupations to develop the terms of a potential aesthetic.