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Farmyard in Normandy

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“Farmyard in Normandy” by Claude Monet is one of his very early paintings. Monet produced a surprisingly small number of paintings during his early years as an artist.

By studying the masters of the previous generations, Monet learnt to start with a quick sketch and then complete the painting with paint patches and dabs to create a complete piece that captured the scene. This painting was made when he was twenty three at the start of his career.


Essential Facts:

  • Title:               A Farmyard in Normandy
  • Artist:             Claude Monet
  • Year:               1863
  • Medium:        Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 65 x 81.5 cm
  • Museum:       Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Artist Essential Facts:

  • Name:             Oscar-Claude Monet
  • Born :             1840 – Paris, France
  • Died:               1926 (aged 86) – Giverny, France
  • Nationality:    French
  • Notable works:
    • Rouen Cathedral series
    • London Parliament series
    • Water Lilies
    • Haystacks
    • Poplars
  • Movement:       Impressionism


“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.” Claude Monet



Photo Credit: 1) By GordonMakryllos (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons