In the Footsteps of Monet at Bordighera

August 1, 2014 6:42 PM

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In the Footsteps of Monet at Bordighera

The French painter Claude Monet spent one winter -- the early part of 1884 -- in the Italian town of Bordighera, having been introduced to this part of the Riviera by his friend Renoir the year before. Monet was 43 at the time, already an accomplished artist with some "signature" paintings under his belt, but by no means the international superstar of his later years and still working to evolve his "mature" style. His financial affairs, too, were largely unsettled -- he had already moved to Giverny, but only as a tenant, and would still have to work hard for another five years before he had the funds to buy the house for himself and his large patchwork family.

Most of the townscapes and landscapes that provided the motives for the great impressionist painters can be easily identified in today's modern world, and although this is generally true for Monet's works as well (Saint Lazare train station, Rouen Cathedral), it is not the case for Bordighera. This ...

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