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Boy in the Country

A work made of graphite on ivory wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of graphite on ivory wove paper.




Claude Monet
French, 1840–1926

About this artwork

This energetic study comes from a sketchbook that Monet kept when he was no more than 17 years old. Since none of his paintings from this period survive, the work offers a rare glimpse of his early talent. His chosen subject—perhaps a native of his coastal hometown, Le Havre—could well have been captured spontaneously. The boy’s clothing obscures his anatomy, but the outlines of his smock are crisp and decisive. It seems as if the artist applied considerable pressure to the pencil. In describing the tufts of grass, he appears to have indented the page.


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Claude Monet


Boy in the Country


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1857


Graphite on ivory wove paper


30.7 × 23 cm (12 1/8 × 9 1/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

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