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Retired and enjoying my free time to paint. I love the French Impressionism era. Monet, Renoir, Bazille and Manet are some of my favorites.

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Claude Monet

Ice Floes, 1893
Metropolitan Museum of Art New York City
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The prolonged freeze and heavy snowfalls in the winter of 1892-93 inspired Monet to capture their effects on the Seine in a series of paintings for which he chose a vantage point not far from his home in Giverny.  The river had frozen in mid-January but began to thaw on the 23rd; the following day, in a letter to his dealer, Durand-Ruel, Monet lamented that "the thaw came too soon for me...the results--just four or five canvases and they are far from complete." By the end of  February, however, he finished more than a dozen paintings, including this view of the melting ice floes.


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