Reuters focuses on the Monet show that tries to show the connections between the Impressionists late paintings and the abstract artists of the post-war period:
More than 100 works to be shown from Monday in Madrid’s Thyssen-Bornemisza museum will draw attention to the link between Monet (Paris 1840 – Giverny 1926) and a stream of young, abstract, post-Second World War artists such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning.
“Never before has an exhibition put Monet and his successors face to face and compared just how much they were immersed in the same work,” said Guillermo Solana, the museum’s art director, who said the exhibition was three years in the making. […]
But the arrival of abstract art after the Second World War turned the spotlight again on Monet, because the abstract artists saw something more in his use of colors, his unique style of painting and techniques.
“We are trying to show what they saw in Monet,” said Alarco.