Claude Monet (1840–1926) — the “Father of Impressionism” — lived to the well-weathered age of 86. Painting up until his death he continued to innovate, pushing into abstraction.

More than 50 paintings currently on view at the Kimbell Art Museum, in Ft. Worth TX, reveal a radical change in his late works.

Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926), The Japanese Footbridge, 1899
oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington.
Gift of Victoria Nebeker Coberly, in memory of her son John W. Mudd, and Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg

The exhibition opens with a prologue of works painted at the very end of the 1890s, a selection…