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Claude Monet: Antibes Seen From The Salis Gardens – Barberini museum| 26.06.2024

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From today, the Museum Barberini is presenting another work by Claude Monet in the Hasso Plattner Collection. The painting Antibes seen from La Salis gardens, painted in 1888, was acquired by the Hasso Plattner Foundation on 15 May – exactly 150 years after the finissage of the Impressionists’ first joint exhibition. With this work, the Museum Barberini welcomes the 40th painting by Claude Monet and the third acquisition in the course of the anniversary year in the Hasso Plattner Collection, which has thus grown to 114 works.

Image above: Claude Monet: Antibes Seen From The Salis Gardens , 1888, Hasso Plattner Collection

The painting is on display on the second floor of the growing collection, where it enriches the gallery space dedicated to European coasts. Alongside works by Henri-Edmond Cross and Paul Signac, Monet’s seascapes, which were painted in Normandy in the 1880s, are also on display here. Three works show Monet’s painterly explorations of Venice in 1908, and the painter’s first trip to the south in 1884 is also represented with landscapes. In 1888, he travelled to the Riviera again, this time to Antibes. It was there that Monet painted Antibes, the Fort, which has been on permanent loan to the Museum Barberini from the Hasso Plattner Foundation since 2020. The new acquisition now enables a direct comparison with a work that adds a view through shaded trees to the same motif. Both paintings were created in the gardens of La Salis on the opposite side of the bay. The comparison makes it clear how Monet prepared his later series, including the Grainstacks and the Water Lilies, during his travels in the 1880s by painting the same motif in changing light moods.

The two views of Antibes now on display in the Hasso Plattner Collection were probably already on show side by side in the year of the Paris World Exhibition in 1889: Monet had selected them for his double exhibition with Auguste Rodin at the Galerie Georges Petit in Paris. The exhibition signalled a breakthrough for both artists and made them known to a broad international audience.

Antibes seen from The Salis Gardens was sold in 1897 to William H. Fuller, a lawyer and friend and patron of Claude Monet. Until 1903, the work was part of Fuller’s collection, which also included Monet’s paintings Wheatfield, painted in 1881, and Edge of the Cliff at Pourville from 1882, both of which are now in the Hasso Plattner Collection. Fuller was not only one of the first American collectors of Claude Monet, but also wrote the first monograph on the artist to be published in America (Claude Monet and His Paintings, New York, 1889).

With this new acquisition, the Museum Barberini is strengthening its importance as one of the most important centres for Impressionist painting in the world. The Museum Barberini is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Impressionism this year with a Maurice de Vlaminck retrospective (from 14 September 2024), symposia, themed tours and workshops. The website’s media centre also features numerous digital offerings such as a Monet podcast, video interviews with museum director Ortrud Westheider and video reviews by the art team.


Exhibition date: Wednesday, 26 June 2024


Museum Barberini
Humboldtstraße 5-6
14467 Potsdam


Normal price: 16,00 Euro

Reduced: 10 Euro

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