Last chance to Monet!

Les Roses, representative of Monet’s late-career work.

The Vancouver Art Gallery’s popular exhibit of Claude Monet works, Secret Garden, is in its last days. Due to demand, the VAG (750 Hornby St.) has extended its operating hours in these, the last few days of the show.

Claude Monet’s Secret Garden features 38 paintings from the collection of the Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris. It’s the most comprehensive exhibition of the French painter’s work in Canada in two decades. The show closes this weekend, but first-timers, last-chancers, and those wanting a second (or third) look will be able to check out the work from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. today (Wednesday), tomorrow (Thurs, Sept 27) and Saturday (Sept 29). The show is on until Oct. 1, but Friday and Sunday hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The exhibit draws mainly from Monet’s work in the latter part of his career, when he had settled in the French village of Giverny. He resided in the French village from 1883 to the end of his life in 1926. There, he painted scenes from his garden, with occasional forays into modernity (such as locomotives).

According to Vancouver visual arts writer Robin Laurence, “Monet’s paintings of his exuberant flower beds, rose-covered trellises, weeping willows, curving Japanese bridge, and, most especially, his water-lily pond are among the best-known impressionist works in the art-historical canon.”

En promenade près d’Argenteuil, 1875.

Claude Monet’s Secret Garden marks the Vancouver Art Gallery’s most well-attended exhibition to date. It attracted over 150,000 patrons over the summer. The Vancouver showing is the only presentation of the show in North America, and is collaboratively organized by the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Gallery-goers will also have the chance to see the following exhibitions during extended hours:

Stephen Shore: The Giverny Portfolio
Entangled: Two Views on Contemporary Canadian Painting (Opening Saturday, September 30)
Elad Lassry
Emily Carr: Into the Forest

For more information, visit You can order advance tickets here.

Extended hours:

Wednesday, September 27, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Thursday, September 28, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday, September 30, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

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