In the 19th Century, France was considered at the forefront in her knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts; strict guidelines as to appropriate subject and technique were prescribed and deviation from these was not tolerated. Onto this staid and inflexible stage stepped a group of young artists whose persistence through decades of derision finally succeeded in revolutionizing the concept of Art.

Claude Monet was at the core of this group, dubbed 'impressionists', and was to become the longest lived of its members. His perspective on the history of the movement therefore has the greatest reach and his longevity was rewarded with full recognition of his immense talent.