Painting by Claude Monet.

Claude Monet, Water-Lilies, 1907 © Claude Monet Göteborgs konstmuseum, photo: Hossein Sehatlou

On Late Style

J.M.W. Turner’s, Claude Monet’s and Cy Twombly’s late work has a looseness and an intensity that comes from the confidence of age, when notions of finish and completion are modified. A review of earlier preoccupations and a strong sense of mortality are also common characteristics of this period of life.

18 November 2011 at 13

Limited availability. No pre-booking. The symposium is included in the admission fee to the museum. In English.

The aim of the symposium is to examine the concept of late style, which among others Theodor Adorno and Edward Saïd have addressed, and how it applies to the works of Turner, Monet and Twombly.

The symposium will be organised in collaboration with Södertörn University and will take place in the auditorium of Moderna Museet.


13:00 “Who’s afraid of Red, Blue and Yellow? – Turner in the 1840s”, Sam Smiles, Emeritus Professor of Art History at Plymouth University, and Tate Research Fellow 2009-12

14:00 “Waterlilies and the Gesture of Melancholy. On Monet’s Late Works” Bente Larsen, Professor in Art History at the University of Oslo

15:00 Break

15:30 “Adorno and the Problem of Late Style” Sven-Olov Wallenstein, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Aesthetics at Södertörn University, and editor-in-chief of Site

16:30 The bar will be open

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