Claude Monet's Antibes (Afternoon Effect) painting of a city on a rocky shore

Dalí & the Impressionists: Monet, Renoir, Degas & More

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November 18, 2023 – April 28, 2024

Dalí & the Impressionists: Monet, Renoir, Degas & More explores Salvador Dalí’s profound engagement with the Impressionist movement, which played a pivotal role in his early artistic journey. Organized in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, one of the foremost collections of French Impressionism in the United States, this exhibition will present an outstanding selection of 22 paintings from their collection by 18 artists, including Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse and Paul Cézanne. Situating these works alongside 18 of Dalí’s earliest paintings, this exhibition illuminates their impact on the artist and offers a rare opportunity to view Impressionist masterpieces, many showcased for the first time in Florida.

In his early years, Dalí was highly aware of the work of the Impressionists. Born in 1904, he embraced aspects of the movement’s technique beginning in 1918, and Impressionism came to indelibly mark his evolving style. By probing the formative role of his engagement with this tradition, this exhibition reveals surprising continuities between Impressionist and Surrealist approaches to the representation of lived experience, across the 19thand 20th centuries.

Dalí’s affinity for Impressionism persisted long after he came into his own as an artist in his preoccupation with the geography of his youth, the Mediterranean coast of Catalonia, Spain. As he examined the discontinuities and paradoxes of lived experience, Dalí’s explorations of his homeland—its distant mountains and dizzying vistas—became synonymous with the landscape of the surreal.

Visitors may also become part of the artistic process and learn more about Impressionist techniques by participating in the interactive experience, YOUR PORTRAIT. Harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence technology, this innovative application captures the distinctive features of the 19th-century movement, transforming a selfie into a unique Impressionist work of art.

It is with our Museum partner and generosity of our sponsors and that we present this extraordinary exhibition.

This exhibition is organized in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Presenting sponsor of Dalí & the Impressionists: Monet, Renoir, Degas & More is Kane’s Furniture.

Thank you to our supporting sponsors:
Kay & Joel Bronstein, Betsy Schweitzer, Sandy Taraszki & David Zuern and Adele Visaggio

Thank you to our Airport Partner: St. Pete – Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and
Hotel Partner: The Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, Autograph Collection

Image credits:

Claude Monet, Antibes (Afternoon Effect), 1888. Oil on canvas. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Gift of Samuel Dacre Bush. Photo © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Cadaqués, 1923, oil on canvas. The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, FL; ©Salvador Dalí. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí (Artists Rights Society), 2023.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Algerian Girl, 1881. Oil on canvas. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection. Photo © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston