For Monet, the act of creation was always a painful struggle. His obsession with expressing emotions and transmitting light effects over nature was much more intense than his contemporaries. In his words: “Skills come and go… Art is always the same: a transposition of Nature that requests as much will as sensitivity. I strive and struggle against the sun… should as well paint with gold and precious stones.”
Art historian Nina Kalitina is a specialist in French art of the 19th and 20th centuries. She has authored many books on artists including Claude Monet and André Derain.
Nathalia Brodskaïa is a curator at The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. She has published monographs on Rousseau, Renoir, Derain, Vlaminck, and Van Dongen, as well as many books on the Fauves and Naïve Art. She is currently working on a study of French painters at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries.
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