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My favorite European Masterpieces from the Met

Garden at Sainte-Adresse, Claude Monet, 1867; Monet used his father (seated with hat) and other relatives as models here; this is one of my favorite Monet works and was shown at the Fourth Impressionist Exhibition in 1879

Garden at Sainte-Adresse, Claude Monet, 1867; Monet used his father (seated with hat) and other relatives as models here; this is one of my favorite Monet works and was shown at the Fourth Impressionist Exhibition in 1879

The Town Beach, Collioure, Opus 165, Paul Signac, 1887; beginning in 1886, Signac worked in the Neo-Impressionist style, layering dots and dashes of paint to create optical colored effects depending on the viewers' distance from the painting

The Town Beach, Collioure, Opus 165, Paul Signac, 1887; beginning in 1886, Signac worked in the Neo-Impressionist style, layering dots and dashes of paint to create optical colored effects depending on the viewers' distance from the painting

The Three Sisters, Leon Frederic, 1896; in the 1890s Frederic's paintings of impoverished workers and peasants in his native Belgium were celebrated for their forthrightness and arresting intensity

The Three Sisters, Leon Frederic, 1896; in the 1890s Frederic's paintings of impoverished workers and peasants in his native Belgium were celebrated for their forthrightness and arresting intensity

Gray Weather, Grande Jatte, Georges Seurat, ca. 1886-88; Seurat is one my all-time favorites but I think he erred by adding the painted border shortly before this work was first exhibited in 1889

Gray Weather, Grande Jatte, Georges Seurat, ca. 1886-88; Seurat is one my all-time favorites but I think he erred by adding the painted border shortly before this work was first exhibited in 1889

A Woman Seated beside a Vase of Flowers, Edgar Degas, 1865; I prefer this work to Degas' more famous paintings and sculptures, primarily of ballet dancers

A Woman Seated beside a Vase of Flowers, Edgar Degas, 1865; I prefer this work to Degas' more famous paintings and sculptures, primarily of ballet dancers

Portrait of a Man in a Red Cap, Hans Holbein the Younger, 1532-35; the young sitter was a court official with King Henry VIII; the portrait, which is in excellent condition, probably had a protective painted lid at some point

Portrait of a Man in a Red Cap, Hans Holbein the Younger, 1532-35; the young sitter was a court official with King Henry VIII; the portrait, which is in excellent condition, probably had a protective painted lid at some point

Haystacks: Autumn, Jean-Francois Millet, ca. 1874; this work is from a series depicting the four seasons commissioned by industrialist Frederic Hartmann; it precedes the more famous Impressionist haystack series by Monet by almost 20 years

Haystacks: Autumn, Jean-Francois Millet, ca. 1874; this work is from a series depicting the four seasons commissioned by industrialist Frederic Hartmann; it precedes the more famous Impressionist haystack series by Monet by almost 20 years

Copenhagen Harbor by Moonlight, Johan Christian Dahl, 1846; Dahl is considered the first great romantic painter in Norway, the founder of the golden age of Norwegian painting, and, by some, one of the greatest European artists of all time

Copenhagen Harbor by Moonlight, Johan Christian Dahl, 1846; Dahl is considered the first great romantic painter in Norway, the founder of the golden age of Norwegian painting, and, by some, one of the greatest European artists of all time

Haystacks (Effects of Snow and Sun), Claude Monet, 1891; Haystacks was the first group of paintings Monet exhibited as a series; 30  paintings of haystacks were done at a field near his Giverny home

Haystacks (Effects of Snow and Sun), Claude Monet, 1891; Haystacks was the first group of paintings Monet exhibited as a series; 30+ paintings of haystacks were done at a field near his Giverny home

Morning: An Overcast Day, Rouen, Camille Pissarro, 1896; born on St. Thomas, Pissarro studied from great forerunners, including Courbet and Corot and later studied and worked alongside Seurat and Signac when he took on the Neo-Impressionist style

Morning: An Overcast Day, Rouen, Camille Pissarro, 1896; born on St. Thomas, Pissarro studied from great forerunners, including Courbet and Corot and later studied and worked alongside Seurat and Signac when he took on the Neo-Impressionist style

Wheat Field with Cypresses, Vincent van Gogh, 1889; Van Gogh regarded this work as one of his best summer landscapes; this painting was purchased by the Met in 1993 for $57 million

Wheat Field with Cypresses, Vincent van Gogh, 1889; Van Gogh regarded this work as one of his best summer landscapes; this painting was purchased by the Met in 1993 for $57 million

Still Life with Peaches, Auguste Renoir, 1881; reviewers of the 1882 Impressionist exhibition were dazzled by this still life whose velvety execution verges on a trompe l'oeil

Still Life with Peaches, Auguste Renoir, 1881; reviewers of the 1882 Impressionist exhibition were dazzled by this still life whose velvety execution verges on a trompe l'oeil

Saint Jerome as Scholar, El Greco, ca. 1610; El Greco executed at least five paintings of Saint Jerome; the painting is notable for the novel way in which the artist synthesized the two aspects of Saint Jerome, the scholarly and the ascetic

Saint Jerome as Scholar, El Greco, ca. 1610; El Greco executed at least five paintings of Saint Jerome; the painting is notable for the novel way in which the artist synthesized the two aspects of Saint Jerome, the scholarly and the ascetic

The Harvest, Pontoise, Camille Pissarro, 1881; the theme of potato gathering appears in Pissarro's work over a 30 year period borrowing a subject from the great Barbizon painter Camille Corot

The Harvest, Pontoise, Camille Pissarro, 1881; the theme of potato gathering appears in Pissarro's work over a 30 year period borrowing a subject from the great Barbizon painter Camille Corot

Bouquet of Chrysanthemums, Auguste Renoir, 1881; Renoir felt that he had greater freedom to experiment in still lifes than in figure paintings; ironically, Renoir sustained himself financially as a portrait painter

Bouquet of Chrysanthemums, Auguste Renoir, 1881; Renoir felt that he had greater freedom to experiment in still lifes than in figure paintings; ironically, Renoir sustained himself financially as a portrait painter

Houses on the Achterzaan, Claude Monet, 1871; using a limited palette of varying shades of green, Monet has captured the hazy atmosphere and light-dappled water of this picturesque Dutch port

Houses on the Achterzaan, Claude Monet, 1871; using a limited palette of varying shades of green, Monet has captured the hazy atmosphere and light-dappled water of this picturesque Dutch port

Evening Calm, Concarneau, Opus 220, Paul Signac, 1891; as Seurat's most ardent follower, Signac steadfastly promoted the principles of Neo-Impressionism all his life, a technique he said evoked brilliantly colored lights

Evening Calm, Concarneau, Opus 220, Paul Signac, 1891; as Seurat's most ardent follower, Signac steadfastly promoted the principles of Neo-Impressionism all his life, a technique he said evoked brilliantly colored lights

Two Young Girls at the Piano, Auguste Renoir, 1892; Renoir was invited by the French government to execute a painting for a new museum of contemporary art in Paris, the Musee de Luxembourg; he took extraordinary care on this work, his submission

Two Young Girls at the Piano, Auguste Renoir, 1892; Renoir was invited by the French government to execute a painting for a new museum of contemporary art in Paris, the Musee de Luxembourg; he took extraordinary care on this work, his submission

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