From our team here at NGV, we would like to express our very best wishes to our community at this time. We are currently closed to the public and will reopen on Saturday, 27 June, 2020.

In line with Victorian Chief Health Officer’s guidance, the NGV will implement a variety of public health and physical distancing measures including free timed ticketing, appropriate queue management and increased deep cleaning of facilities, as well as increased hand sanitiser stations.

We encourage you to continue to visit our website and follow #NGVEveryDay on social media for updates on our reopening and daily inspiration.

We are very grateful for the loyalty of the NGV community and look forward to welcoming you back soon.


Monet the cartoonist

Claude Monet
Portrait of Jean Monet (Portrait de Jean Monet) 1880

As a teenager, at school in the port city of Le Havre, Monet preferred to draw caricatures of his classmates and teachers rather than pay attention in class. He became so skilled at these that he expanded his subjects to include  local dignitaries and came to an arrangement with a local picture framer who displayed these caricatures in his shop window where they were sold (and commissioned) and for which he was paid commercial prices. Monet was able to make sufficient money from these to buy supplies of art materials which he used to make paintings of the neighbouring towns and coast.  By the time he went to art school in Paris, Monet was more interested in plein air (outdoor) painting than either portraiture or caricature, but later he often drew his children at home in the evenings while they did their homework.