Instants, Moments, Minutes: Monet and the Industrialization of Time

Dr. André Dombrowski, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Museum Barberini

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Claude Monet, Poplars at Giverny, 1887, Privatsammlung / Private collection

“I am getting so slow at my work that it makes me despair, but the further I get the more I realize that I will have to work hard to render what I am looking for: ‘immediacy,’” Monet wrote in 1890. Aiming to depict the fleeting effects of light and shade, he experienced a pressure to work fast that no painter had known until then. This was a period when social concepts of time were being transformed by industrialization, innovative modes of transport, and new norms of time and labor. Monet’s places are therefore inextricably linked to a temporal dimension.

André Dombrowski is Associate Professor of History of Art, with a focus on European art history of the nineteenth century, and author of Cézanne, Murder, and Modern Life. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, his lecture explores the relationship between the impressionist instant and the history of modern time-keeping.

Thursday, May 28

7 p.m.


€ 10 / concessions € 8

Ticket price includes admission to the exhibition one hour before the event.


Museum Barberini
Humboldtstr. 5–6 (Alter Markt)
14467 Potsdam

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Monet. Places
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