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During the late 19th century, Claude Monet and Karl Marx shared London as their home. But the capital’s fogbound streets left very different impressions on the two men. Monet saw beauty in the mysterious effect the thick fog had on London's skyline. For Marx, however, hidden beneath this smog was an underworld of hellish poverty and injustice - everything he railed against.
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26 May 2012

Classroom Ideas

Could be used as contextual source material for projects on Monet. Students could note down and compare the viewpoints of Monet and Marx mentioned in the clip. This could lead onto a wider discussion about how artists, writers and philosophers can influence each other.

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