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 spent some time in Trouville, Normandy, a popular resort along the English Channel, in the summer of 1870, shortly before the start of the Franco-Prussian war. He had just married his wife, Camille, on June 28 and this was their wedding trip. On August 12, Eugene Boudin and his wife joined the Monet’s at Trouville. Boudin was a forerunner of the French Impressionist movement and a mentor to Monet. His influence can be seen Monet’s beach scenes which he painted during his stay at Trouville. Monet spent about eight weeks in Trouville in which time he created some eleven paintings. The paintings depict two main themes, the beachfront …..
Beginning in February 1900 Impressionist Claude Monet painted on a terrace of the Saint Thomas Hospital in London near the Westminster Bridge across the Thames River from the Houses of Parliament. He executed a series of paintings depicting the Houses of Parliament at different times of day and in different weather conditions. He reportedly moved from one canvas to the next as the light changed. The paintings were all created on canvases identical in size, 81 x 92 cm (31 7/8 x 36 1/4 in), and with oil paints. Monet wrote, “I love London. It is a mass, an ensemble, and it is so simple. Then, in London, what I …..