Claude Monet worked on Boulevard des Capucines during 1873-1874. The first Impressionist exhibition was held in French photographer Felix Tournachon's (known as Nadar) studio on Boulevard des Capucines. Monet takes a high point of view, as if looking down from an apartment balcony as the crowds rush through the chilled air.
The painting presented a genuine glimpse of Parisian life on a winter day, and the critic Ernest Chesneau claimed that Monet captured the elusive quality of movement with unprecedented skill.
Learn about Monet's The Luncheon, Monet's Garden at Argenteuil, a picnic scene, in the next section.