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Physicist puts time on timeless Monet painting
Physicist puts time on timeless Monet painting

The Impressionist art movement began Nov. 13, 1872, right around 7:35 a.m. local time. That's the moment Claude Monet put brush to canvas to depict a hazy sunrise seen from his hotel room in Le Havre, according to Donald Olson, a physicist at Texas State University, San Marcos. The name Monet gave to that now famous work, "Impression, Soleil Levant," (Impression, Sunrise) later was affixed to a school of art marked by its imprecise, subjective depiction of quotidian scenes, executed with loose brush strokes in vivid hues.  Art historians have debated where and when Monet's work was painted, with many disbelieving the abbreviated date "72" that the...

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