Two Paintings that Capture Claude Monet’s Relentless Development as an Artist

How did Monet evolve from one to the other?

Christopher P Jones

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Left: On the Bank of the Seine, Bennecourt (1868) by Claude Monet. Oil on canvas. 81.5 × 100.7 cm. Art Institute of Chicago, U.S. Image source Art Institute of Chicago. Right: Branch of the Seine near Giverny (Mist) (1897) by Claude Monet. Oil on canvas. 89.9 × 92.7 cm. Art Institute of Chicago, U.S. Image source Art Institute of Chicago

These two paintings by Claude Monet were created nearly three decades apart. Both images are high points of Monet’s artistic output, yet their differences are striking.

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