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A work made of oil on canvas.
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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Claude Monet
French, 1840-1926

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In summer 1901 Claude Monet rented a modest house in Lavacourt, a small hamlet across the Seine from Vétheuil and not far from his property at Giverny, which he was in the process of expanding. He began 15 paintings of Vétheuil from the balcony of this rented home, all of which feature the same restricted view of the riverbank and town—punctuated by the church—and document the changes in light throughout the day. The Art Institute holds two paintings from the series, one from midday and another from sunset. Painted on nearly square canvases, Monet divided each composition in half, separating the town from its reflection. Rather than replicating the area’s topography or creating a convincing illusion of space, Monet emphasized the decorative over the descriptive qualities of this riverscape. His loose brushwork and subtle color transitions blur the distinctions between the scene’s various forms, dissolving the borders, for example, between the water and the land and the land and the sky. The shapes of the different buildings along the shoreline emerge through changes in the direction of brushstrokes and slight shifts in hue.


On View, Gallery 243


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Claude Monet




France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


Inscribed at lower left: Claude Monet 1901


90 × 93 cm (36 7/16 × 36 5/8 in.)

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Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

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