For artists, who competed furiously for the right to exhibit, success at Académie des Beaux-Arts' Salon (an official, juried art exhibition) could lead to fame, wealth, social standing, and influence.

Buyers liked pictures presenting pretty nudes, sentimental stories, religious subjects, heroic deeds, patriotic scenes, and touching tales. Guess which of Monet's submissions were accepted or...
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The young Monet had a tense relationship with his parents. When he was drafted in 1861, his family could have exempted him from service by paying 2,500 francs to hire a solider in his place. Monet rejected the offer as it was conditional on him giving up his dream of being a painter.

'Adolph Monet Reading in a Garden' | 1866
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On Arts Advocacy Day, we ask you to explore the significance of funding by the National Endowment for the Arts in today's story by San Francisco Chronicle. As our director Max Hollein states, “the quality and standing of all American museums would diminish overnight” from the elimination of this program. Read more here:

Trump budget cuts could shut great art out of museums
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Mummy Monday: A 26 foot high sculpture believed to depict Pharaoh Ramses II has been found submerged under the streets of a Cairo suburb, via The Verge.

The pharaoh, also known as 'Ramses the Great,' helped to expand the Egyptian empire during his reign from 1279 to 1213 BC.

Learn more about the lives (and afterlives) of Ancient Egyptians in our current exhibition, 'The Future of the Past.'...
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Archaeologists discovered a massive statue of one of Egypt’s greatest rulers | The Verge
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Funding for the National Endowment for the Arts is important. Without it, ‘Monet: The Early Years’ would not have been possible.

To learn more about how we and the de Young Museum would be affected by the proposed eliminations of the NEA, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Institute of Museum and Library Services, read the statement by our director, Max Hollein.

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Why Funding for the NEA Matters
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Well, that solves that mystery...

Researchers have conducted a study of the world's most famous is-she-isn't-she smile and it has a happy ending, via Hyperallergic.

Science Confirms Mona Lisa Is Happy | Hyperallergic
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Coming up next weekend, UC San Diego's Dr. Thomas Levy will be onsite to discuss his World Heritage project, which uses conventional and modern techniques to study the effects of disasters—both natural and man-made—and forecast endangered sites.

Learn more about this Ancient Arts Council lecture here:

'At-Risk World Heritage and Cyber-Archaeology: The University of California Office of the President Catalyst Project'
Save the date! Our Monet-inspired book club event takes place next month.

Grab your copy of Ross King's 'The Judgment of Paris' and join us for an afternoon discussion. Can't make it in person? Follow along via Facebook Live.

Page Views book club: 'Monet: The Early Years'

In this painting Monet deployed several techniques that would evolve into hallmarks of his mature style, such as capturing direct sunlight through the use of intense white as seen on the trunk of the oak.

Learn more Monet facts here;

'An Oak at Bas-Bréau (The Bodmer)' | Claude Monet | 1865
It's Rodin's world – we're just living in it. In the centenary of his death, the sculptor is still making headlines. The Art Newspaper rounds up celebrations of the artist's enduring legacy taking place this year.

America celebrates its love affair with Rodin | The Art Newspaper
To immerse yourself in all things Monet before your visit, we recommend two things:

1. Visit our Monet Digital Story. This educational tool offers a deeper look at the artist's inspiration, techniques and historical references. Take a look here:

2. Join Page Views, our new museum book club! For this exhibition we'll be reading about the the birth of...
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Join Page Views, Our New Book Club | FAMSF
The 'Early Years' part of our Monet exhibition title is no joke – it begins with a work that was created when the artist was just 17 years old.

This landscape, painted in 1858 alongside the artist's mentor, Eugène Boudin, is the first painting Monet ever presented to the public, submitting it to the 'Exposition municipal de la ville du Havre' later that...
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Happy International Women's Day from us and Alma Spreckels, pictured here. Spreckels championed the arts and founded our museum, opening it in 1924 with her collection of Rodin sculptures and paintings from across Europe.

Sprekels also conceived the idea for the Book of Gold, a large, leather-bound volume containing the handwritten names of the Californians who died in...
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"While the exhibit doesn't ignore men and their fashions, it uses hats as a way to focus on the era's rise of a new kind of confident, independent woman - both the entrepreneurial artisans who ran the millinery stores and self-assured shoppers who frequented them."

Hats off to 'Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade' at Saint Louis Art Museum, via The Wall Street Journal. Look...
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‘Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade’ Review: Hats Off—or On—to Degas
"This is a stunning, exuberant show [...] a revelation for art lovers who think they’ve already seen everything Monet has to offer."

Forget the Monet you think you know. The artist presented in 'Monet: The Early Years' is radical, experimental and bold, via The Mercury News.

‘Monet: The Early Years’ sheds surprising light on painter | The Mercury News
Reporting on his time while working alongside Auguste Renoir in La Grenouillère during the summer of 1869, Monet described his canvases as "some poor sketches."

While this may sound very negative, it's likely that Monet saw those paintings as more exploratory preparations for a larger, more finished work.

'La Grenouillère' | Claude Monet | 1869
Now open! See typography spring to life in 'Letter and Image,' a display of books, prints, and posters spanning four centuries.

Title page in the book, ‘Les Fleurs animées’ | Grandville (Ignace Isidore Gérard) | ca. 1866
"Every time I look, I find something different – whether it’s in the expression, the modeling or the patination."

Martin Chapman, curator in charge of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture, talks to The Huffington Post about the commemoration of Auguste Rodin's centenary through our new exhibition.

Martin Chapman on the Centenary Installation of the Rodin Collection | The Huffington Post
Can you keep a secret? We've started a book club! Page Views aims to deepen engagement with works on view by pairing special exhibitions with a companion text, starting with 'Monet: The Early Years.'

For one of the most famous founders of Impressionism, the book we've selected is 'The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave The World Impressionism' by Ross King. Read along with...
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Join Page Views, Our New Book Club | FAMSF
Financial struggles, failure, daring and triumph can all be found in 'Monet: The Early Years,' via SF Weekly.

For more information about the exhibition and to purchase tickets, visit:

Show Me the Monet! | SF Weekly