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Hill-Stead Museum Hosts Tour

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The Hill-Stead Museum opened the Theodate Pope Riddle home, on Labor Day.

The home contains priceless artworks, including painting by Claude Monet, Edourd Manet, Edgar Degas, and Whistler.

Pope Riddle, who attended Miss Porter's School, envisioned living on a farm. Besides the extensive art collection, the home's commanding views and pastoral setting make for a memorable experience.

Alfred Pope, who made his fortune in iron in the later 1800s, amassed an art collection during his visits to Europe. His artistic gaze fell upon the contemporary artist of the time Monet, Manet, Degas, and others.

The artists were deemed outsiders by the established arts community then, rule breakers who scoffed at the classical academies.

In the end, the artists' works are sought by collectors worldwide, where a Monet can fetch in the tens of millions of dollars.

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