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The Bodmer Oak, Fontainebleau Forest (1865) by Claude Monet
Claude Monet, the founder of French Impressionism was born in 1840 to an upper middleclass French family. His mother, a proffesional dancer, encouraged him to follow his passion for artwork as a career. He enrolled in an art school, but found himself ennui with the droll academic methods which were being taught. Having fostered relationships with other French artists, he was introduced to plein air painting, a practice which would dominate his later work.
At the age of 21, Monet was drafted into military service in North Africa. The sights and colors of the desert inspired him even more to his art career, and after ending his military tour due to an illness, he redoubled his efforts back in France. It was at this time that he met Renoir and other influential artists, and began to be recognized for his work. Known mostly to his contemporaries for his paintings of ladies in white dresses in sunlit meadows, Monet painted this image en plein air on a large (approx.) 40"x50" canvas.
The Bodmer Oak depicted, was a famous landmark in the Forest of Fontainbleu. This forest was near metropolitan Paris, and was a popular getaway for artists and the Bodmer Oak had been made famous by other painters. Monet captured the scene masterfully, foreshadowing his future landscape paintings and dedication to plein air techniques. The dappled sunlight on the dry golden leaves lends a warmth to the landscape and ties this painting to his famous "Luncheon on the Grass" which was painted the same year.

• Acid-free, PH-neutral, poly-cotton base
• 20.5 mil (0.5 mm) thick poly-cotton blend canvas
• Canvas fabric weight: 13.9 oz/yd2(470 g/m²)
• Fade-resistant
• Hand-stretched over solid wood stretcher bars
• Matte finish coating
• 1.5″ (3.81 cm) deep
• Mounting brackets included
• Blank product in the EU sourced from Latvia
• Blank product in the US sourced from the US

The Bodmer Oak, Fontainebleau Forest by Claude Monet Canvas Print

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