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The Beach at Sainte-Adresse

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Claude Monet
French, 1840-1926

About this artwork

In the summer of 1867, Claude Monet stayed with his aunt at Sainte-Adresse, an affluent suburb of the port city of Le Havre, near his father’s home. The paintings he produced that summer, few of which survive, reveal the beginnings of the young artist’s development of the revolutionary style that would come to be known as Impressionism. In his quest to capture the effects of shifts in weather and light, Monet painted The Beach at Sainte-Adresse out-of-doors on an overcast day. He devoted the majority of the composition to the sea, sky, and beach. These he depicted with broad sheets of color, animated by short brushstrokes that articulate gentle azure waves, soft white clouds, and pebbled ivory sand. While fishermen go about their chores, a tiny couple relaxes at the water’s edge. Monet did not exhibit this work publicly for almost ten years after he completed it. In 1874 he banded together with a diverse group of like-minded, avant-garde artists to mount the first of what would be eight independent exhibitions. He included Sainte-Adresse in the second of these Impressionist shows, in 1876.

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European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 225


Claude Monet


The Beach at Sainte-Adresse






Oil on canvas


Inscribed, lower right: Claude Monet 67


75.8 × 102.5 cm (29 13/16 × 40 5/16 in.)

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Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Larned Coburn Memorial Collection

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