When Rodin Messed with Monet’s Paintings and Lusted for His Daughters: ‘I Don’t Give a Damn About Monet’

PARIS—At the French capital’s Musée Rodin, a vestige of a decades-long friendship between two of France’s most legendary artists is easy to miss.

On the building’s second floor, Belle-Île by Claude Monet is displayed in a small, gilded frame. The painting was one of a series devoted to the rugged shoreline of a small island off the coast of Brittany, where the Impressionist great spent almost three months in the fall of 1886.

“I am in a wonderfully wild region, with terrifying rocks and a sea of unbelievable colors; I am truly thrilled,” Monet wrote in a letter to fellow French painter Gustave Caillebotte.