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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