A visitor assesses Claude Monet's "Les villas a Bordighera (The Villas In Bordighera)," 1884, during a press visit of "Monet Collectionneur," at Paris' Marmottan Monet museum, September 11, 2017.
AFP / FRANCOIS GUILLOT
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The "secret" art collection amassed by Claude Monet, the father of impressionism, is on display for the first time in Paris, 90 years after the great painter's death. French art historians spent four years tracking down the startling collection of work by contemporaries including Renoir, Cezanne, Pissarro and Delacroix that Monet secretly bought.Monet began building his collection when he was still on the breadline with gifts from other painter friends like Renoir and Manet.A standoff ensued that Monet eventually won.As soon as he had the cash, Monet began collecting work by his "masters" – Delacroix, Boudin and Corot – although he did not acknowledge their influence on his work until late in his life.From the 1890s onward as he became rich and famous, Mathieu added, Monet concentrated his efforts buying on works by Renoir and Cezanne."Monet Collectionneur" runs at the Marmottan Monet Museum through Jan. 14, 2018 .
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