Secret Monet art collection on display

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A “secret” art collection by Claude Monet, the father of Impressionism, has gone on display for the first time in Paris last week.

The exhibition comes 90 years after the great painter’s death.

French art historians spent four years tracking down the collection of work by contemporaries including Renoir, Cezanne, Pissarro and Delacroix that Monet secretly bought.

“I am selfish. My collection is for myself only… and for a few friends,” the master once told journalists who called on him at his country home at Giverny in Normandy, whose remarkable gardens draw half a million visitors a year.

He kept the paintings upstairs in his private apartments at Giverny far from prying eyes and he didn’t keep records of what he bought.

An inventory was taken by experts when Monet died in 1926 but it was destroyed during World War II.


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