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Lunch on the grass
Claude Monet. 1865 to 1866.
Monet as a great admirer of Manet reinterprets the theme of lunch on the grass in a monumental way.
The fragments that we see now were part of a complete composition that was damaged and even one of them was lost due to the deterioration of the humidity.
A picture of these dimensions with ordinary people, in this case, the painter himself and his family, was not something that got used to and responds to the current of realism strongly promoted by Courbet, whom Monet deeply admired.
Monet takes Manet's Lunch and makes it more contemporary, more impressionistic. It removes the naked figures, turning it into a daily scene, with more intense colors and with light as the main protagonist. As a good impressionist, Monet began to paint this painting in front of the scene, in the open air ... Imagine the painter moving this monumental canvas to protect him every night, a task that caused him more of some ailment and colds. The impressionist enthusiast finished the painting in a studio, in the classical style.