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An Afternoon with Monet “It took me sometime to understand my water lilies. I had planted them for pleasure and cultivated them without thinking of painting them. A landscape does not sink into you all at once. And then suddenly, I had a revelation of the magic of my pond. I took up my palette. Since then I have hardly had another subject.” ~ Claude Monet to writer Mark Elder, 1920s via Majorlight

Claude Monet's house in Giverny, France~Image © Camille (Flickr)

"Walk (Road of the Farm Saint-Siméon)" -- 1864 -- Claude Monet -- French -- Oil on canvas -- The National Museum of Western Art -- Japan

Claude Monet: (14 November 1840—5 December 1926) was a founder of French impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting. The term Impressionism is derived from the title of his painting Impression, Sunrise

Every day I discover more and more beautiful things. It’s enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything, my head is bursting with it. • Claude Monet in Giverny, date unknown

Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926). The Stroller (Suzanne Hoschedé, later Mrs. Theodore Earl Butler, 1868–1899), 1887. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Collection, Bequest of Walter H. Annenberg, 2002 (2003.20.7)

Claude Monet - Garden in Giverny at Belvedere Museum Vienna Austria by mbell1975, via Flickr

Claude Monet - Giverny