This will be the first major US exhibition devoted to the initial phase of Claude Monet’s career. Approximately 60 paintings demonstrate the radical invention that marked the artist’s development during the years of 1858 to 1872. In this period the young painter developed his unique visual language and technique, creating striking works that manifested his interest in painting textures and the interplay of light upon surfaces. With a selection of works gathered from collections – the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and other public and private collections worldwide – Monet: The Early Years demonstrates the artist’s early command of many genres, not only the landscapes for which he has become so renowned but also still lifes, portraits and genre scenes. Enjoy a no-host lunch in the Legion of Honor café. After lunch, travel to the de Young Museum and use your ticket for general admission only. The special exhibitions are available to tour for an additional fee.