Claude Monet painted Storm, Belle-Isle coast in 1886. In his letters to companion Alice Hoschedé, Monet expressed frustration with the rough squalls that interrupted his work as he waited for the gale winds to diminish so he could anchor his easel.
But Monet had a strong constitution, and the rain did not deter him. He told Alice he needed to modify his normally pale palette to paint the low clouds and the leaden sky.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Debra N. Mancoff is an art historian and lecturer and the author of numerous books on nineteenth-century European and American painting, including Publication International, Ltd.'s, Impressionism and Van Gogh. Other titles include Sunflowers, Monet's Garden in Art, Van Gogh: Fields and Flowers, and Mary Cassatt: Reflections of Women's Lives. Ms. Mancoff is a scholar in residence at the Newberry Library.