TWICE during his long (86 years) lifetime, Pioneer Impressionist Claude Monet had to face the jeers and catcalls of critics. The first time was when his painting, Impression: Sunrise, appeared at the first impressionist showing in Paris in 1874, and was ridiculed as a formless monstrosity. But as the public slowly came to appreciate the impressionists' atmospheric, sun-drenched works. Monet grew rich, won enthusiastic plaudits from the critics as well as the public. His second rebuff came toward the end. when his studies of the water-lily pond, with its Japanese covered bridge, on...

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