Turner, Monet, and Surrealist Landscapes: Unique Fine Art Exhibitions in North America

Three outstanding fine art exhibitions that have already attracted the attention of art connoisseurs from all over the world are now on view in major cities of North America. Toronto is pleased to present the latest and most innovative works by William Turner, which were brought from London; Ottawa offers to admire Claude Monet’s paintings; New York’s exhibition explores all the depths of the fantastic surrealistic landscapes.

The Art Gallery of Ontario has opened the major exhibition of experimental and contemplative works created by the giant of British art, William Turner (1775–1851). The exhibition titled “Turner Painting Set Free” includes more than 50 large paintings and watercolors brought from London’s Tate Britain, where they were presented a year ago. The previous similar exhibition was highly appreciated by critics from around the UK, who described it as the “fascinating, delightful, and sensational” show. The current “Turner Painting Set Free” exhibition focuses on the final, most experimental phase of the artist’s career. Here you can find the famous works created by the forefather of Impressionism in the last 15 years of his life, including those that were exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1850. Thus, the exposition shows that the artist’s last years were full of vigor and exceptional energy taken from his biggest travel across Europe. This amazing fine art exhibition is on view through January 31, 2016.

At the same time, the National Gallery of Canada is hosting the first in almost two decades monographic exhibition of Claude Monet (1840-1926). The exposition titled “Monet: A Bridge to Modernity” includes 12 fundamental works by one of the founders of Impressionism. All paintings are united by the motif of the bridge that symbolizes Claude Monet’s innovative experiments. The artist created these works in Argenteuil, a bustling suburb of Paris, where he settled in 1872. Now, all these masterpieces are held in the public and private art collections around the world. Moreover, paintings are accompanied by original guide books, illustrations, photographs, and Japanese prints and postcards from the 19th century. The “Monet: A Bridge to Modernity” exhibition is opened until February 15, 2016.

Another outstanding show has been recently presented by one of New York’s famous museums, Di Donna Galleries. The “Fields of Dream: The Surrealist Landscape” exhibition brings together more than 60 works by some of the most notable artists of the 20th century, including Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte, Max Ernst and Joan Miro, Arshile Gorky and Oscar Dominguez. A special place has been given to Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), who actually was not a Surrealist. However, one of his works “Monument (Head of a Woman)” was painted during the time when Picasso took part in Surrealist fine art exhibitions and publications. The “Fields of Dream: The Surrealist Landscape” exhibition is on view through December 18, 2015.