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Fun fact – Impressionist edition

According to Ross King’s excellent The Judgment of Paris, there was a day in the summer of 1874 when Manet showed up at Monet’s home and painted The Monet Family in their Garden at Argenteuil, a scene of Monet’s wife and son, and Monet puttering around in the garden.

Later that afternoon, Monet painted Manet Painting in Monet’s Garden, showing Manet in a wide-brimmed hat, painting Monet and his family.

Then Renoir showed up, “borrowed paints and a canvas from Monet and started his own work, Madame Monet and Her Son.”

Holy cow. Holy holy cow.

5 Responses to “Fun fact – Impressionist edition”

  1. i think you mean “‘the monet family…’ a scene of monet’s wife…” in the first paragraph, though i like the idea painting your own family in someone else’s backyard

  2. You say Monet. I say Manet. Let’s call the whole thing off.

    (Thanks. I’ve changed the original. Also: D’oh!)

  3. Can’t help wondering whether Monet or Renoir was right about the child’s gender. Wait, are you sure all the a’s and o’s are right?

  4. In all the time we’ve known each other, Tim, have I ever gotten _anything_ entirely right? As you know, I don’t know the difference between my a and an o in the ground.

    (I’ve now fixed the vowelage of the post. Working on the genderage. Sigh.)

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