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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.


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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