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Monet - Clemenceau: a friendship

Claude Monet et Georges Clemenceau

At the age of 80, Claude Monet and Georges Clemenceau are bound by an exceptional friendship. They support each other, exhort each other, get angry. Both at the height of their glory cling to life with passion, Monet through painting, Clemenceau through his travels around the world. And it is Clemenceau who convinces Monet to deliver to the general public a last monumental order for which the State will have the Orangerie des Tuileries fitted out. It will host the Water Lilies, offered to the State by Monet after the armistice of 1918, as a symbol of peace and to the glory of France. Monet died in 1926, without seeing the installation of his work, a true artistic testament, inaugurated by Clemenceau in 1927.

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