Claude Monet was an avid collector of Japanese prints, constructing a collection that eventually totaled 231 prints. He acquired most of his prints through dealers in the Netherlands, favoring the artists Hokusai, Hiroshige, and Utamaro. He preferred landscapes , animals, and women engaged in daily activites. He showed little interest in flowers, scenes from the theater, and erotic art.
Monet was not a great traveler, and he never visited Japan. On one occasion he did travel to Norway, and wrote with enthusiasm of its resemblance to the Japan he knew from prints. Many of his prints were well chosen, such as this image of cranes by the artist Korin Ogata (1658-1716).
Monet’s collection can be viewed at the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris. There is more information on his collection here.