Claude Monet painted Corner of the Studio in 1861. In 1859 Monet moved to Paris to study painting. Rejecting the rigidity of conventional training, he enrolled in the Academie Suisse, a studio without a set curriculum where students could set their own schedules and paint from life models as well as exchange ideas.
While Monet painted outdoors at every opportunity, he also experimented with more traditional subjects, such as this still life that features objects commonly found in a studio.
For Monet's next work, he returned to the outdoors to paint the peaceful street scene found on the following page.