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During his lifetime, Jongkind continued to travel to the Netherlands and exhibited his work at the Salon des Refuses. In 1862, he met Claude Monet, who greatly influenced his work. In 1864, Jongkind began producing a series of etchings inspired by landscapes and Dutch scenes. He lived with Madame Fesser in the town of La Cote-Saint-Andre.

Although his works were largely figurative, he often painted scenes of everyday life. His View from the Quai d'Orsay is an iconic work, which was created close to the Musee d'Orsay. The quay was a working quay, but at the time, it was the home of the French government. The Palais d'Orsay, built in 1838, was also used as the Court of Accounts and the State Council.

Despite the popularity of Monet's art, critics were largely unimpressed with Jongkind's paintings. His admiration of Monet didn't change his tone, however, and he eventually withdrawn from the Salon. During the summer, he painted larger landscapes of the Norman Coast, and these landscapes later became the forerunners of Impressionism. As an artist, Jongkind did not like to take the lead and preferred to work in the background. While he was well respected, he did not like to be seen as an early exponent of Impressionism.

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