Claude Monet (1840-1926), was a French painter, recognized, together with Pissarro, as being one of the creators of Impressionism, and was probably the artist most dedicated to observing the Impressionist principles. His works epitomize the genre and are considered some of the groups' finest.
This fragment, is one of several of the remaining parts of the monumental 'Luncheon on the Grass' by Monet. The work was started in the spring of 1865 and measured over four metres by six. It was intended to be both a tribute and a challenge to Manet whose painting of the same title had been the subject of much sarcasm from the public as well as the critics when it was exhibited in the Salon in 1863. But the project was abandoned in 1866, just before the Salon where Monet intended to show it, opened. In 1920, the painter himself recounted what had happened to the picture: "I had to pay my rent, I gave it to the landlord as security and he rolled it up and put in the cellar. When I finally had enough money to get it back, as you can see, it had gone mouldy." Monet got the painting back in 1884, cut it up, and kept only three fragments. The third has now disappeared.
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Fits a standard 8x10 frame.
Image: 8" x 10"