Claude Monet painted The Train in the Snow in 1875. Although this work was not shown in an Impressionist exhibition, it reveals Monet's attraction to the convergence of nature and technology, a characteristic of the modern age that intrigued most of the artists of the circle.
To Monet, the train -- with its speed and the smoke it expelled into the atmosphere -- produced the qualities of constant visual change that drove artistic observations. This scene was painted in the railway station in Argenteuil, directly opposite Monet's home.
Continue to the next page to learn about Unloading Coal, another of Monet's urban scenes.