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Elizabeth Cross

About Elizabeth Cross

Senior Researcher, International Paintings and Sculpture

Monet’s studio boat

For Monet, painting water was a grand obsession and he was quick to have a boat built and equipped with a semi-enclosed cabin that he could use as a studio in which to sit and paint. In the summer of …  More

Monet the cartoonist

As a teenager, at school in the port city of Le Havre, Monet preferred to draw caricatures of his classmates and teachers rather than pay attention in class. He became so skilled at these that he expanded his subjects to …  More

Monet’s waterlilies

While visiting the Universal Exhibition of 1889 in Paris, Monet first saw the new varieties of hybrid waterlilies being bred by the botanist Joseph Latour-Marliac. Shortly after Monet commenced work on his pond, in 1894, he placed an order for …  More

The Impressionists and innovations in artists’ tools

Did you know that the invention of the collapsible metal paint tube in the 19th century, allowing artists to keep their oil paints both fresh and portable, made it possible for the Impressionists to pursue painting en plein air, or …  More

Carting the canvas

It could be heavy work, carrying around all the canvases needed to capture the varied effects of rapidly changing light and atmosphere. Monet overcame this predicament in various ways. On one visit to the Normandy coast he hired a local fisherman to carry …  More

The hazards of painting en plein air (outdoors)

Monet had a strong work ethic and a robust constitution. On painting ‘campaigns’ he often got up at 6am, started work at 8am and didn’t return to his lodgings until 7pm. On his many sojourns to the Normandy coast, he …  More

Monet in Norway

Monet was fascinated with the effects of sunlight on snow and had attempted painting snow-covered scenes even before he fulfilled an ambition to travel to Norway. In the winter of 1895 an opportunity arose to visit his stepson Jacques Hoschedé …  More