Claude Monet: Dejeuner sur l’Herbe, Chailly (left and central panels)
This fragment, there is a second also in the Musée d’Orsay, is one of the remaining parts of the monumental Luncheon on the Grass by Monet. The work was started in the spring of 1865. In 1920, the painter himself recounted what had happened to the picture: - I had to pay my rent, I gave it to the landlord as security and he rolled it up and put in the cellar. When I finally had enough money to get it back, as you can see, it had gone mouldy -. Monet got the painting back in1884, cut it up, and kept only three fragments. The third has now disappeared. He painted a smaller version of it that is now in the Pushkin Museum.