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

Left: On the Bank of the Seine, Bennecourt (1868) by Claude Monet. Oil on canvas. 81.5 × 100.7 cm. The Art Institute of Chicago, Potter Palmer Collection. Image source The Art Institute of Chicago. Right: Branch of the Seine near Giverny (Mist) (1897) by Claude Monet. Oil on canvas. 89.9 × 92.7 cm. The Art Institute of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection. Image source The Art Institute of Chicago

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

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