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Claude Monet

Poplars, Three Trees in Autumn, 1891, by Claude Monet

“Monet is only an eye, but by God what an eye!” exclaimed Paul Cézanne 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.