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One of impressionist master Claude Monet's "Water Lilies" triptychs, separated 50 years ago and sold to three museums, has been reunited in a multifaceted exhibit that highlights not only the three-panel artwork, but the artist too.
The Cleveland Museum of Art is lending a painting of water lilies by Claude Monet to museums in Missouri, where it will join two companion paintings for the first time in more than 30 years.
After traveling to four venues over the past two years, the Corcoran Gallery of Art's masterpieces have returned in an expanded exhibition playing to their strengths. "The American Evolution" only runs through July but suggests a more permanent way of displaying these treasures within Ernest Flagg's beaux-arts building.
Every day at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens in Anacostia, from May to September, is reminiscent of a painting of waterlilies by the French impressionist Claude Monet. It's as quiet and peaceful as it is pretty. Every day, that is, except one.
Mount an impressionism show, and they will come.   The light-dappled paintings produced by the artists of this 19th-century French movement and their stylistic offspring have become a safety net for museums. Beloved by the public, they are guaranteed to boost attendance and revenues from ticket sales, catalogs and gift-shop merchandise. As a result, impressionism exhibitions have become predictable, all-too-regular fixtures on museum calendars to the exclusion of more challenging art.
How do you turn the stuffy subject of fine art into a television show with popular appeal? In 1969, British art historian Kenneth Clark succeeded by relating his personal views on painting and sculpture and explaining how the works reflected their times. His BBC series, simply called "Civilisation," still holds up as an erudite yet accessible primer on Western European culture.