Monet, Money & Art
Monet exhibition in Switzerland documents the life of the artist, from poverty to luxury..
Show on Monet's landmark art also 'exhibition on money'
"At one time, strapped for cash, he disposed of his pictures in job lots for 25 francs each, not much more than he got for the caricatures he did at the age of 16 and sold on the streets to passers-by. But his fortune eventually took an upturn, allowing a life in luxury for three decades until his death. He employed maids, a cook and six gardeners, swapped one painting for a fancy car and was thrilled by watching motor racing."