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Bordighera

Bright landscape painting featuring spindly trees with lush leaves surrounded by light-green foliage, a small town visible between the trees at center, and a calm blue sea in the background.
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  • Bright landscape painting featuring spindly trees with lush leaves surrounded by light-green foliage, a small town visible between the trees at center, and a calm blue sea in the background.

Date:

1884

Artist:

Claude Monet
French, 1840-1926

About this artwork

Early in 1884, Claude Monet traveled to Bordighera, a town on the Italian Riviera, close to the border between Italy and France, for a working visit of three weeks that turned into nearly three months. In a letter to the sculptor Auguste Rodin describing his efforts to translate into paint the brilliant Mediterranean light, Monet declared he was "fencing, wrestling, with the sun." In other letters, he complained of the impossibility of finding a motif due to the abundant vegetation. In this sun-drenched composition painted from a hilltop vantage point, the sea is barely visible through the interlaced trunks of local pine trees.

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Painting and Sculpture of Europe, Regenstein Hall

Artist

Claude Monet

Title

Bordighera

Origin

France

Date

1884

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Inscribed, lower left: Claude Monet 84

Dimensions

65 × 80.8 cm (25 5/8 × 31 13/16 in.)

Credit Line

Potter Palmer Collection

Reference Number

1922.426

Extended information about this artwork

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