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Luncheon on the Grass a Monumental Work by Claude Monet

Inspired by Édouard Manet’s masterpiece by the same name, Monet began his own Luncheon on the Grass in the spring of 1865.  He planned this large scale painting to be a canvas of over four by six meters (about 13’ x 19.5’).  Monet began sketches for the painting while in Chailly and started on the actual canvas when he returned to his Paris studio in the fall.  Bazille and Camille was painted en plein air in the Fountainbleu Forest as a study for the final painting, Luncheon on the Grass.  Monet had hoped to finish the large scale painting in time for the 1866 Salon but was unable to complete …..

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