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CLAUDE MONET

GREEN PARK, LONDON, 1870 OR 1871

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This small painting is one of two park scenes Claude Monet made in London in the winter of 1870–71. Depicting wet fields and muddy paths bisecting Green Park and the grand edifices of Piccadilly on its edge, the panoramic view looks toward Hyde Park Corner. Apsley House, home of the Duke of Wellington, is identifiable at the far end by the bulbous shape of an equestrian statue honoring the duke and his defeat of Napoléon Bonaparte in the 1815 Battle of Waterloo. Monet used dashes of black and gray paint to suggest the couples, nannies, and other groups sitting and walking through the park on a misty, overcast day. The French artist had moved to London with his wife and young son in the fall of 1870 to avoid the Franco-Prussian War. It was the first of several occasions in which he found inspiration in the city’s vaporous atmosphere.

About the Artist

“Monet is only an eye, but by God what an eye!” exclaimed Paul Cézanne (French, 1840–1926) of his friend and fellow artist. In a career spanning nearly seventy years and 2,000 canvases, Monet turned his powers of observation to the natural world around him. Setting up his easel at various locations across France, he wrestled with winds, hot and cold temperatures, and constantly changing atmospheric conditions in his efforts to capture in paint the effects of weather, sunlight, and the seasons on the landscape.

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