Painting: A Lasting Impression

For 40 years after the most impressionist of the French impressionists, Claude Monet, died, his son Michel lived genteelly off his father's paintings. By gradually selling off some of these atmospheric visions on canvas, Michel financed his passion for African safaris, which netted him horns, pelts and tusks that he installed in his villa 55 miles from Paris in the trophy room that he called "my museum." When his will was read, following a fatal automobile accident in February at the age of 87, it became obvious that Michel had had more...

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