Back by popular demand, Exhibition on Screen’s ‘I, Claude Monet’ is showing in Melbourne on 8 and 9 December 2018.
Directed and written by Phil Grabsky, I, Claude Monet, is an award-winning documentary based solely on Claude Monet’s personal letters, and reveals the real person behind the artist, businessman and lover, as never before.
Based on three thousand surviving letters, the film reveals a tumultuous inner life marked by moments of intense depression and euphoric creation, offering a complex portrait of one of the world’s best loved artists.
I, Claude Monet also features over a hundred of Monet’s paintings filmed in high definition, providing a unique window into his emotional and creative life. Brought to life by acclaimed actor Henry Goodman, Monet’s letters record his journey from prodigiously talented teenager to the grand old man of arts.
“Every day I discover more and more beautiful things. My head is bursting - I want to paint it all” Claude Monet
The film features many letters covering Monet’s despair, depression, and even attempted suicide, as a result of poverty, obscurity, ill-health and his relationships with his wives - Camille Doncieux and, secondly, Alice Hoschedé.
Covering the highs and low of this artist’s life, the film outlines Monet’s correspondences, and celebrates the joys he experienced in painting, especially the natural world, inspired by his travels across Europe. I, Claude Monet also features the little-known communication with fellow impressionists Bazille, Manet and Pissarro, and fiery exchanges with dealer Paul Durand-Ruel, unpicking Monet’s conflicted relationship with the art world.
Phil Grabsky says he is happy with what the film says about Monet. “I love making biographies because when you carefully read the correspondence, travel back to the original locations and look hard at the paintings, a richer and more honest personality emerges. That is absolutely the case with Monet - there is nothing 'chocolate box' about this impressionist. What comes across so forcefully is his passion, his endless searching and, yes, his genius.”
See a film that reminds you why art is central to life. I, Claude Monet will be showing at Palace Cinemas this December!
Location: Palace Cinemas – Balwyn and Cinema Como
Dates: 8 & 9 December 2018
Cost: Admission costs apply