Monet Mitchell Exhibition at the Louis Vuitton Foundation + short visit to Jardin d’Acclimatation

In October I have visited Monet Mitchell exhibition and the Louis Vuitton Foundation which hosts every year few temporary exhibitions. The display is available for visitors from 5.10.2022 to 27.02.2023. If you’ve never visited the foundation, I strongly recommend to do so. The building has an interesting architecture, and from upper terraces you have a beautiful view at Paris.

Louis Vuitton Foundation building

A nice complement to the visit is a walk in adjoined Jardin d’Acclimatation which is a pleasant green area with horse riding facilities, the Korean garden, amusement park for children as well as small places to get snacks.

The Monet Mitchell Exhibition brings together a selection of late Monet paintings, which the artist created at his garden in Giverny with the canvas of Mitchell which she painted in Vetheuil, small town nearby Giverny.

The exhibition seeks harmony and resonance between the work of the two artists.

Displaying the art of Mitchell and Monet may seem unusual at the first glance. The painters come from different generations, Joan Mitchell was born one year before Claude Monet has died. Their art was for the first time brought together during a raise of American Abstract Expressionism in 1950s. Interestingly, Monet was then rediscovered as a precursor to American modernism. The connection between two artists is augmented by move of Mitchel to Vetheuil in 1968, the windows of the home in which she lived overlooked the one where Monet lived from 1878 to 1881.

Joan Mitchell told the American critic Irving Sandler that she admired rather the late works of Monet than the early ones. The exhibition highlights the approaches of the two painters which concentrate on impressions. Monet was defining his search as a pursue of “sensation“ whereas as Mitchel tried to find the “feeling”. For both of them this quest went down to transpose an emotion in front of nature.

Reflections are an essential theme for Monet. It is particularly observable in the series of his works depicting the pond which he created in his garden in Giverny. The paintings show the innumerable variations of merging the aquatic, celestial and plant worlds.
Claude Monet in his garden in Giverny.
In the landscapes created as her main subject, Mitchell sought to capture a feeling understood  as a memory of an emotion evoked by contact with nature and transformed by this memory.

Monet focused mostly on landscapes which were main subjects of his paintings. A very famous theme was his fairytale flower-filled garden and pond with freely floating water lilies. Mitchell painted landscapes observed from windows of her homes in La Tour, Vetheuil and from her property in one of the villages in Normandy.

Both artists were fascinated by surface of the water and its reflections, Monet painted his famous water lily pond with its aquatic plants whereas Mitchell featured Seine river.

Famous Monet garden. The artist uses short brushstrokes to transcribe the water’s fluidity, almost like calligraphy.

The association of art of the two painters has also formal characteristics. Both preferred grand formats, a similar colour palette (but with different intensities) made up of blues, greens, yellows combined with reds, pinks and mauves.

Both artists were often choosing grand formats.

In Monet’s work, applying the monochromatic smears softens the brightness which encourages the contemplation. Mitchell chose stronger colours and the brushstrokes are more energetic to create a dazzling tribute to the surroundings.

Monet and Mitchell have a similar colour palette (but with different intensities) made up of blues, greens, yellows combined with reds, pinks and mauves. Below we see a beautiful merge of greens, reds and yellows.
The poetry was inspiration for both of the artists. Joan Mitchell was close to American writers and poets including James Schuyler, Frank O’Hara and John Ashberry, in France she spent time with Samuel Beckett and Jacques Dupin. Claude Monet was friendly with writers of his time such as Emile Zola, Paul Valery and Stephane Mallarme.


From the Monet and Mitchell gardens it’s nice to immerse in the greenery of Jardin d’Acclimatation. This is best admired from the terraces at the top of the Luis Vuitton. You also have a perfect view at La Defense district. The architecture of the building can be well appreciated from the rooftop too.
When exploring the exhibition, it’s nice to inspect the architectural details of the building.
When done with exhibitions at Louis Vuitton Foundation, I recommend exploring adjoined Jardin d’Acclimatation.
After Monet and Mitchell studies of landscapes, I found my own contemplation of nature a very inspiring experience.

I could include even more impressions from my visit, but why not to check it out for yourself when in Paris between November and February? The grand architecture of the building, thoughtfully installed artworks and splendid views at the surroundings make the whole experience truly thought-provoking!

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