About This Artwork

Claude Monet
French, 1840-1926

The Artist's House at Argenteuil, 1873

Oil on canvas
60.2 x 73.3 cm (23 11/16 x 28 7/8 in.)
Inscribed, lower right: Claude Monet

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1933.1153

Wildenstein, Claude Monet, biographie et catalogue raisonné, 1979 284

Claude Monet and his family lived at Argenteuil, outside Paris, from 1871 to 1878. Here he depicted his five- or six-year-old son, Jean, playing with a hoop and his wife, Camille, standing in the doorway of their vine-covered house. The pleasant weather and neatly kept garden, a forerunner of the artist’s celebrated garden at Giverny, give a sense of tranquility and well-being to this painting. This was a period of financial security for Monet thanks to recent sales of his work to the Paris art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel.

— Permanent collection label

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Boston, Art Department, American Exhibition of Foreign Products, 1883, cat. 11.

London, Dudley Gallery, Exposition de tableaux impresionnistes, collection Durand-Ruel, 1884.

New York, Durand-Ruel Galleries, Monet, 1895, cat. 32.

New York, Durand-Ruel Galleries, Monet, 1911, cat. 8.

The Art Institute of Chicago, A Century in Progress, Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture, June 1- November 1, 1933, cat. 298.

The Art Institute of Chicago, A Century in Progress, Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture, June 1- November 1, 1934, cat. 209.

Chicago, Lakeside Press Galleries, R.R. Donnelley & Song, Exhibition, December 1944-January 1945.

La Jolla Art Center, Great French Paintings, 1870-1910, June 15- July 26, 1956, cat. 8 (ill.).

Tokyo, Claude Monet, March 29-May 15, 1973, traveled to Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, May 25-July 5 and Fukuoka Museum of Art, July 15-August 30, 1973.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Paintings by Monet, March 15-May 11, 1975, cat 29 (ill.).

New York, Acquavella Galleries, Claude Monet, October 26- November 28, 1976, cat. 13 (ill.).

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, A Day in the Country: Impressionism and the French Landscape, June 28-September 16, 1984, cat 80 (ill.), traveled to The Art Institute of Chicago, October 23, 1984-January 6, 1985 and Paris, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, February 8-April 22, 1985.

Tokyo, Seibu Museum of Art, The Impressionist Tradition: Masterpieces from the Art Institute of Chicago, October 18-December 17, 1985, cat. 21 (ill.), traveled to Fukuoka Museum of Art, January 5-February 2, 1986 and Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, March 4-April 13, 1986.

Leningrad, Hermitage and Moscow, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, From Delacroix to Matisse: Great French Paintings From the XIX century to the Beginning of the XXth century From Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago, 1988, cat. 28 (ill.).

The Art Institute of Chicago, Claude Monet 1840-1926, July 22-November 26, 1995, cat. 28 (ill.).

Washington, DC, National Gallery of Art, Impressionists in Argenteuil, May 28-August 20, 2000, cat. 18 (ill.), traveled to Hartford, Conn., Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, September 6-December 3, 2000.

Kunsthaus Zürich, Monets Garden, October 29, 2004-February 27, 2005, cat. 10 (ill.).

Copenhagen, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Woman and Impressionism, October 6, 2006-January 21, 2007.

Fort Worth, Tex., Kimbell Museum of Art, The Impressionists: Master Paintings from the Art Institute of Chicago, June 29–November 2, 2008, cat. 12 (ill.).

Publication History

M.C., “Monets in the Art Institute,” The Art Institute of Chicago Bulletin 9 (1925), p. 19.

Hans Huth, “Impressionism Comes to America,” Gazette des Beaux-Arts sér. 6, 29 (April 1946), pp. 225-252, fig. 2.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago, A Catalogue of the Picture Collection (Chicago, 1961), p. 318.

Frederick A. Sweet, Great Chicago Collectors, Apollo 134 (September 1966), p. 202.

The Art Institute of Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago Bulletin 38, 5 (September, October 1944), p. 85.

Lionello Venturi, Impressionists and Symbolists (New York, 1950), p. 56, fig. 50.

Charles Faben Kelley, “Chicago: Record Years,” Art News 51, 4 (June-August, 1952), pp 52-65, 106-111, 54 (ill.).

The Art Institute of Chicago, A Brief Guide to the Collections (Chicago, 1956), p. 34.

The Art Institute of Chicago Quarterly 101, 2 (April 1957), p. 26.

Gerald Needham, The Paintings of Claude Monet, 1859-1878, Ph.D. diss. (New York University, 1971), p. 87.

Alice Bellony- Rewald, The Lost World of Impressionists (London, 1976), p. 125, 124 (ill.).

Daniel Wildenstein, Claude Monet: Biographie et catalogue raisonné vol. 1 (Lausanne, 1974), no. 284 (ill.).

John House, Monet: Nature Into Art (New Haven and London, 1986), pp. 18, 30, 34, 80, 115, fig. 3.

Richard Brettell, French Impressionists (Chicago, 1987), p. 16 (ill.), 17, 118.

Daniel Wildenstein, Monet: Catalogue raisonné vol. 2 (Cologne, 1996), no. 284 (ill.).

Christoph Becker, "Monet's Garden", Monet's Garden, Exh. cat (Kunsthaus Zurich, 2004), p. 23, p. 26, cat. 10.

Catherine Hug and Monika Leonhardt, "Claude Monet the Gardener" Monet's Garden, Exh. cat (Kunsthause Zurich, 2004), p. 115, cat. 10.

Colin B. Bailey, Renoir Landscapes 1865-1883, ed. Colin B. Bailey and Christopher Riopelle, Exh. cat. (National Gallery Company Limited, 2007), p. 135, fig. 78.

The Age of Impressionism at the Art Institute of Chicago (New Haven and London, 2008), cat. 12, pp. 46–47 (ill.).

Mary Mathews Gedo, “Argenteuil, 1872-1873: Classic Impressionist Landscapes, Mythic and Enigmatic Images,” Monet and His Muse: Camille Monet in the Artists Life, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2010. p. 127-128, fig. 8.10.

Ownership History

Possibly Dubourg, Paris [this and the following information according to Wildenstein 1996]; sold to Durand-Ruel, Paris on January 1882. Potter Palmer, Chicago, 1891. Durand-Ruel, 1894; sold to Mr. Martin A. Ryerson (died 1932), Chicago in April 1912 [Durand-Ruel stock no. 1279]; bequeathed to the Art Institute, 1933.




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