Claude Oscar Monet (1840-1926)
Claude Monet in revisiting places he's painted before tells me that he's here again not because he didn't get it right the first time but because he's an opportunist. He loves the landscape but he sees a new way to capture the light or the shapes he sees or creates on the surface of his canvas. Like all great painters it's not the subject that counts but what he can do with what's in front of him.
Vetheuil he revisited many times, sometimes in summer, sometimes in winter, in the rain or in a fog but it's the iconic image of whether it's unforgettable that makes or breaks the work of art; and I believe drives the prices up into the stratosphere. Monet has more iconic images than most other painters and that makes every work he's ever done worth studying.
This little masterpiece is called 'Thunderstorms' painted off the banks of the Seine and probably from the Île Saint-Martin, one of the many nearby islands in the Seine, to the northwest of Paris. Monet lived in Vétheuil from 1878 to 1881, during which time he produced some 150 paintings.
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Unframed and matted: 11" x 14" Image: 7" x 5"