Mills in the Westzijderveld near Zaandam, 1871
Claude Monet (1840-1926)
Claude Monet paid three visits to the Netherlands. During the first of these visits he spent four months in Zaandam with his wife and child. The painter thought it ‘all very amusing. Houses in every colour, mills by the hundred and delightful boats, exceptionally friendly Hollanders who almost all speak French.’ He wrote to his friend Camille Pissarro that there was enough to paint for an entire lifetime. Or at any rate for an entire summer, as no less than 24 canvases survive from his time in Zaandam.
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