|Claude Monet — HAULING A BOAT ASHORE, HONFLEUR. 1864.|
Claude Monet was 24 when he finished Hauling A Boat Ashore, Honfleur. I wonder if he was well known enough then that Americans, Abraham Lincoln, for instance, had learned of his work. Or perhaps even seen it.
|Claude Monet — IMPRESSION, SUNRISE. 1873.|
|Claude Monet — SUNRISE, THE SEA. 1873|
As it's sometimes said about beverages made from grapes, 1873 was a very good year.
I wonder about
taking a stroll
on the streets of Paris
in the mid 1870s,
stopping for a refreshment,
and choosing a table outside.
A few moments later,
several men in clothes
that reveal they are
either sloppy for a living,
or that they paint,
or perhaps both,
storm into the cafe,
oblivious of those
watching and hearing.
brings its drinks
to a table nearby,
and for an hour,
you happen to overhear
Monet, Claude Pissarro, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir
talk shop, politics and life.
That would have been cool. Like going to a London rock club in the 1960s and hearing Jimi Hendrix perform the album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety the same day it was released to the public — with The Beatles in attendance. Rare air.
|Claude Monet — RAILWAY BRIDGE AT ARGENTEUIL, 1873.|
|Claude Monet — PORT 'd AMOUNT ETRETAT. 1873.|
In my case, one thing led to another, and if one is headed down a rabbit hole, it's never wasted time if that hare is an art lover.
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