(PA Photos)

 ABOVE:  A portrait of Claude Monet by T. H Robinson, c. 1890.

Monet is familiar to millions of people the world over. His works are much loved and admired so it’s almost inconceivable to imagine that at the time he produced his first works, Monet enraged critics and the public alike. His paintings were often misunderstood and rejected by

the Salon in Paris for their formal exhibitions. Without the support of the Salon, however, it was extremely difficult to become a recognized artist. At times, the light Monet achieved in his paintings was almost the subject itself. The light enhanced the works and

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