Art: French Friends

Last week was a big week for French Impressionists in Manhattan art galleries. From their capacious cellars, the firm of Durand-Ruel pulled out 13 pictures by Claude Monet to make a show that was not only a résumé of the development of that Frenchman's own style but also a history of Impressionism. Starting with the grey, rather sharply painted Hyde Park, London (1870) and the blue and bright Canotiers à Argenteuil, done in 1875 in a technique that now seems more modern than his later work, the canvases trace Monet's growing absorption...

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