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Claude Monet Painting Damaged By Vandals

Le Pont d' Argenteuil, Claude Monet painting

The Argenteuil Bridge
Claude Monet painting
1874, Oil on canvas, 60.5 x 80 
Orsay Museum, Paris, France

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PARIS, 10/08/2007 - A famous Claude Monet painting was damaged by vandals on Sunday, October 6, in Paris' Orsay Museum.

The group was caught on suveillance camera and exited when an alarm sounded. One of the vandals punch the Claude Monet painting titled "Le Pont de'Argenteuil" (The Argenteuil Bridge) leaving a 10-centimetre hole, probably using a fist. Claude Monet's painting is typical of the 19th century impressionist style, whose central focus was the painting of light and color.

No arrests have been made in the vandalism of Claude Monet's painting, but it appears to have been done during an annual night-long festival featuring fun, music and exhibits. The subject of this painting by Claude Monet is a bridge and boats.

Brenda Harness, Art Historian

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