Throughout the nineteenth century, artists painted the Seine, its light, its banks, its bridges and its ports. Above ail, however, it was the impressionists and their emulators, careful observers of modern life, who made it their favorite subject. From dawn to dusk, Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, Gustave Caillebotte and Armand Guillaumin never grew weary of observing the play of reflections on the surface of the water. Often the Seine also enchanted Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro and Berthe Morisot. Many artists lived or stayed regularly along the banks of the river, finding in it their main source of inspiration. For the landscape of the Seine was evolving under the combined effect of industrialization and the advent of leisure. With its iron bridges, its great ports, its industrial dynamism, and also its boats, its yachts and its strolling visitors in their white dresses, the Seine was the heart of modernity. A selection of around fifty paintings traces the evolution of Impressionism and takes us on a journey along the river, from Paris to Le Havre, passing through Argenteuil, Vétheuil and Giverny.
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At that time, a lack of money drove the painter to try to enter the official Salon again, which he had given up in favour of impressionist exhibitions since it rejected his works in 1870. For the 1880 Salon, Monet prepared a deliberately toned down view of Lavacourt which was selected by the jury, as well as a flooded landscape showing the ice thawing on the Seine - undoubtedly the painting at
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