'Masterpiece is vital for the nation'
OF all the impressionists, Claude Monet's hazy apparitions are a national gallery's major attraction.
Argenteuil, a picturesque town on the river Seine, not far from central Paris, was where he lived for four years in his early thirties. He often worked from a boat/ studio, to closely observe the effects of light on the water.
He was joined there by Renoir, Manet and Sisley for a time in Argenteuil. The area provided the motif for some of their most characteristic paintings.