Claude Monet, ‘The Portal of Rouen Cathedral in Morning Light’, 1894, J. Paul Getty Museum

Unframed: 100.3 x 65.1 cm (39 1/2 x 25 5/8 in.), Framed: 113.3 x 77.5 x 5.7 cm (44 5/8 x 30 1/2 x 2 1/4 in.). France, Europe

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About Claude Monet

A founding member of the Impressionist movement in the late 1800s, Claude Monet was interested in direct observation and perceptual study, particularly depicting the effects of light and shadow on color. A proponent of en plein air painting, Monet is most famous for his series depicting haystacks (1891), poplars (1892), the Rouen Cathedral (1894), and water lilies (1910-20). In each series, Monet painted the same site repeatedly, recording how the appearance changed as the light shifted. His final mural-sized paintings depicting the pond on his Giverny estate feature water lilies and water emerging from almost-abstract compositions of broad strokes of bright color and intricately built-up textures. Shortly after Monet died at age 86, the French government installed his last water-lilies series in specially constructed galleries at the Orangerie in Paris, where they remain today.

French, 1840-1926, Paris, France, based in Giverny, France