About This Artwork

Johan Barthold Jongkind
Dutch, 1819-1891

Entrance to the Port of Honfleur, 1863/64

Oil on canvas
16 5/8 x 22 1/4 in. (42.2 x 56.2 cm)
Inscribed lower right: Jongkind 1864

Louise B. and Frank H. Woods Purchase Fund in honor of The Art Institute of Chicago Diamond Jubilee, 1968.614

Along with Eugène-Louis Boudin (see his Approaching Storm), Johan Barthold Jongkind brought a new spirit to the painting of coastal scenes. In content, palette, and technique, the works of these two older artists played an important part in the development of Impressionism. Claude Monet knew Boudin well and adopted him as his mentor, but he claimed that it was Jongkind who “educated his eye.” Though they painted their final compositions in the studio, both Boudin and Jongkind strove to retain the freshness of their plein-air (outdoor) sketches.

— Permanent collection label

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

The Hague, Pulchri Studios and Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, Tentoonstelling Jongkind (1819-1891), March-April, 1930, cat. 23.

New York, Carroll Carstairs Galleries, Johan-Barthold Jongkind: Painting and Watercolors, April 20-May 13, 1939, cat. 6.

Tokyo, Seibu Museum, The Impressionist Tradition, Masterpieces from the Art Institute of Chicago, October 18–December 1, 1985, cat. 15; traveled to Kyoto, Fukuoka Art Museum, January 5–February 2, 1986; Kyoto, Municipal Museum of Art, March 4–April 13, 1986.

Fort Worth, Tex., Kimbell Museum of Art, The Impressionists: Master Paintings from the Art Institute of Chicago, June 29–November 2, 2008, cat. 11 (ill.).

Publication History

Gazette de l'Hôtel Drouot 32, no. 32 (March 16, 1926).

Claude Roger-Marx, Jongkind (Paris, 1932), pl. 6

George Besson, Johan-Barthold Jongkind (1940-9?), pl. 16.

Diane Kelder, The Great Book of French Impressionism (New York, 1980), p. 174.

Richard R. Brettel, French Salon Artists, 1800–1900 (Chicago, 1987), p. 53.

The Age of Impressionism at the Art Institute of Chicago (New Haven and London, 2008), cat. 11, pp. 42-43 (ill.).

Ownership History

Jean Baptiste Théophile, also known as Théophile Bascle (died 1882); his estate sale, Hotel Drouot, Paris, April 12-14, 1883, lot 65 [according to Hebert sale catalogue]. Madame Hebert, Paris; her estate sale, Hotel Drouot, Paris, March 15, 1926, lot 45 (ill.), to Dru [according to Gazette de l'Hôtel Drouot]. Van Gelder, Paris, by 1930 to at least 1932 [lent to The Hague and Amsterdam exh.; see also Roger-Marx 1932]. John Dorus Van Itallie, New Jersey [information provided by Lock Galleries]. Lock Galleries, New York; sold to the Art Institute, 1968.

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