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Pond at Montgeron
Monet, Claude
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Sisley, Alfred
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This is one of the second-floor rooms of the Winter Palace originally occupied by flats of the courtiers. Nowadays the room is used to display works by Claude Monet (1840-1926), a founder of Impressionism. The Hermitage collection of Monet's works amounts to eight canvases which enable one to have a fairly good idea of his creative career - from the master's early Lady in the Garden (1867) to one of his latest paintings, Waterloo Bridge (1903). The companion paintings A Corner of the Garden at Montgeron and The Pond at Montgeron (both 1876) were created during the period of flourishing of Impressionism. Three landscapes by Alfred Sisley (1839-1899) can be seen in the same room. His painting The Town of Villeneuve-la-Garenne (1872), a landscape framed by trees, is remarkable for its composition, unique in the artist's legacy.



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