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The Customs House at Varengeville

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

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1897

Artist:

Claude Monet
French, 1840-1926

About this artwork

Claude Monet painted the customs house at Varengeville, on the Normandy coast of France, four times in 1882 and four more times in 1897. On each occasion he chose a similar vantage looking down on the small structure, which appears to grow out of the cliffside. The dimensions of this version are nearly identical to those of the other three canvases from the second visit. Here, Monet increased the amount of white in his paints to capture more nuanced atmospheric effects. He also experimented with techniques to animate the surface, at times scraping down or wiping away the still-soft paint to expose underlying colors. In the water, for example, breaks in the pale-gray paint reveal a bright green beneath, which the artist accentuated with additional touches of a similar green on top.

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Currently Off View

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Claude Monet

Title

The Customs House at Varengeville

Origin

France

Date

1897

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Inscribed, lower left: Claude Monet 97

Dimensions

65.6 × 92.8 cm (25 13/16 × 36 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

Reference Number

1933.1149

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