Claude Monet painted The Magpie in 1868. In December 1868, Monet and his family were residing on the coast of Normandy in Etretat. He did not allow the weather to confine his work to the studio and claimed to prefer the countryside in winter.
The subtle variance of shadows on the snow presented a different challenge from the sun on green grass and blue water, and, to meet it, Monet traded his usual high-keyed palette for an icy range of colors, including white, grey, and violet.
Continue to the next page to learn about Claude Monet's The Red Kerchief: Portrait of Mrs. Monet, featuring his wife Camille.