In 1871, Claude Monet, along with his family, spent four months in Zaandam, a town near Amsterdam. Zaandam was a city in the province of North Holland, located on the Zaan, near the North Sea Canal. Zaandam was a city of canals and shipyards and had once served as a large milling center, home to thousands of windmills which powered saws, some of these mills still stood during Monet’s time. Monet was trying to steer clear of the Franco-Prussian War so he had left Paris and moved to London. It was during this excursion that Monet was in Zaandam. During their stay in Zaandam, Monet created some 25 paintings of …..
Claude Monet’s painting, Woman in the Green Dress, is a full-length portrait of his nineteen year old mistress, and later to be first wife, Camille Doncieux. The painting depicts Camille in a green and black striped dress, an Empire bonnet and a fur-trimmed jacket. Monet created the painting in 1866 with The Salon in mind. He had intended to create a monumental Luncheon on the Grass painting but opted to abandon it fearing it wouldn’t be completed in time. Instead Monet worked to complete the life-sized painting of Camille. The painting was accepted into the exhibition and helped to gain the fairly unknown artist some attention. Nearly all of the …..
Claude Monet spent two months in Norway in the winter of 1885 painting 29 snowy scenes and experimenting with lighting. Jacques Hoschede, Monet’s step-son, married a Norwegian woman and lived in Christiania (present-day Oslo) so in February 1885, Monet visited him. Monet enjoyed visiting sites beyond his beloved garden and Giverny. A trip to Scandinavia would give him the opportunity to paint, “the fearsome north” and experiment with lighting effects on snow-covered scenes. Hoschede took Monet to an artists’ colony south of Christiania, the fjordside village of Sandvika. It was here that Monet created many landscapes of the village and Mount Kolsaas. Monet likened this mountain to Mount Fuji which …..