The Experience

Monet in Paris pays homage to Claude Monet and the Impressionist painters of the mid 19th century right through to the early 20th century, exploring not only the paintings themselves but the history of the Impressionist movement amid the social and political turbulence of the time.

Meet the Artists

Dynamic display of light, colour and sound

The experience takes visitors back to a time when the face of European art was set to change forever. In a rich, dynamic display of light, colour and sound, the masterpieces of the Impressionists come to life. Breathtaking paintings are projected on an enormous scale, illuminating the bold brush strokes of Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas and many more.

An immersive journey

The immersive experience takes visitors on a journey that examines the world of Impressionism across three main movements: Metropolitan, A Day in the Life and En Plein Air. Interspersed throughout the immersive display, between the main movements, the entire gallery transforms into states of colour, celebrating the painting of the late 19th century through the spectrum of colour.

The Artists

Claude Monet

Claude Monet, a renowned French painter and pioneer of the Impressionist movement, was born on November 14, 1840, in Paris, France. His revolutionary approach to capturing light and colour left a profound impact on the art world.

Despite initial obstacles, Monet defied his father’s wishes and pursued art, honing his skills under Charles Gleyre’s guidance.

A critic’s review of his painting “Impression, Sunrise” inadvertently gave the movement its name. Monet’s relocation to Giverny inspired his iconic Water Lilies series, serving as a muse for two decades of work. Battling cataracts, his later work took on a reddish tone. He passed away on December 5, 1926, leaving a lasting artistic legacy of vibrant, evocative portrayals of nature.

Claude Monet Artwork

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, born on February 25, 1841, in Limoges, France, became a leading figure in the Impressionist movement. His skilful use of colour and delicate brushwork made him one of the most celebrated painters of his time.

With a natural affinity for drawing from a young age, Renoir began as an apprentice to a porcelain painter, where he honed his technical skills and developed an eye for detail. He found inspiration and camaraderie among a group of like-minded artists who rebelled against the traditional artistic conventions of the era.

Renoir ventured across Europe in 1881 and 1882, profoundly influencing his artistic style and leading him away from Impressionism towards a more classical approach.

Later in life, after he developed rheumatism, Renoir continued to paint, resorting to strapping brushes to his hands for painting. When questioned about painting despite the discomfort, he replied “The pain passes, but the beauty remains.”

Pierre-Auguste Renoir Artwork

Camille Pissarro

Camile Pissarro, born on July 10, 1830, is the oldest and most dignified member of the movement, often called ‘The Father of Impressionism’.

Pissarro’s passion for art developed during his school years, nurturing a love for the French masters. Despite involvement in the family business, he continued to paint in his spare time and joined forces with young renegade artists as a mentor and collaborator, marking the birth of Impressionism.

The Franco-Prussian War forced Pissarro to flee to London, where many of his paintings were damaged or destroyed. Undeterred, he helped establish a collective of aspiring painters and guided them with his wisdom.

Later, Pissarro’s disillusionment with Impressionism led him to explore new themes and techniques. Suffering from eye infections, he painted from windows and rented hotel rooms for suitable views. Pissarro passed away in 1903, having faced poverty during his lifetime. Yet, by the turn of the century, his paintings were worth millions.

Camille Pissarro Artwork

Paul Cézanne

Paul Cézanne, born on January 19, 1839, in Aix-en-Provence, France was a Post-Impressionist painter known for his revolutionary artistic style. His geometric shapes, distinctive brushwork, and innovative approach to form and composition made him a visionary artist.

After he left home to study art in Paris however, his trip ended abruptly due to severe depression. Over the next 15 years, he alternated between Paris and his hometown. His unconventional paintings began to gain attention in 1863 when they were exhibited at Salon des Refusés alongside works by other renegade artists.

Cézanne’s landscapes, still lifes, and portraits showcased his meticulous attention to detail. Through the use of innovative techniques such as fragmented brushstrokes, he paved the way for future art movements. His work made him famous and his reclusive behaviour had made him an enigma. In 1906, he died of pneumonia at the age of 67, just as his talent was gaining widespread recognition.

Paul Cézanne Artwork

Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas, born on July 19, 1834, in Paris, France, an early starter in painting abandoned law school to pursue his passion. This led to Degas becoming one of the leading figures of the Impressionist movement.

Following setting up a studio at home, he excelled in historical paintings and copying famous artworks. He explored various mediums and was innovative in his use of composition and light, challenging traditional artistic conventions.

Degas became involved with the Impressionists and participated in most Impressionist Exhibitions, but he considered himself different from the group. He criticized their techniques, self-promotion, and preference for outdoor painting, which he never engaged in himself.

Degas ceased painting in 1912 and spent his final years almost blind, wandering the streets of Paris. He passed away in 1917. Many of his artworks, never intended for public viewing, were discovered posthumously.

Edgar Degas Artwork

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, born on November 24, 1864, in Albi, France, was a renowned French painter. Unable to participate in physical activities due to physical challenges from a childhood accident, Toulouse-Lautrec turned to art.

Toulouse-Lautrec’s passion for art thrived and with the support of his family, he moved to the bohemian district of Montmartre in Paris. By the late 1880s, he had become a successful painter, exhibiting his work at prestigious shows and befriending notable Impressionist artists. His distinctive style captured the vibrant and decadent nightlife of late 19th-century Paris.

While his painting career was cut short by health issues and alcoholism, Toulouse-Lautrec’s impact on the art world was profound. He left behind a significant body of work comprising 737 canvases and 275 watercolours.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Artwork

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16
opens Nov

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Crown Perth,
Burswood WA 6100

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Suitable for all ages.

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Mon - Thurs: 10am - 7pm
Last entry at 6pm
Friday: 10am - 8:30pm
Last entry at 7:30pm
Saturday: 9am - 8:30pm
Last entry at 7:30pm
Sunday: 9am - 6pm
Last entry at 5pm
Closed:
CLOSED MONDAYS

Stopwatch icon Duration

Experience takes approximately 60 minutes, but you are welcome to stay as long as you like to enjoy Le Grand Palais.

Stopwatch icon Duration

Experience takes approximately 60 minutes, but you are welcome to stay as long as you like to enjoy Le Grand Palais.