A Walk in the Meadows at Argenteuil
A Walk in the Meadows at Argenteuil, 1873
Oil on canvas
53.3 x 64.8 cm (21 x 25 1/2 inches)
Gift of Houghton P. Metcalf, Jr. 1998.107
Monet painted numerous views of Argenteuil during his seven years of residence in this Paris suburb. Its boat basin, promenade, and fields on the edges of town offered an agreeable simulation of the countryside. In this variant of a painting he sent to the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874, he depicted his wife Camille and six-year-old son Jean on a walk in the fields at Argenteuil not far from their rented house. Under scudding clouds, Camille, in a white dress, shades herself with a parasol near a stand of poplars on a rise in the path. Red poppies flicker in the field in which her son plays, in contrast to the diagonal courses of yellow-green that emphasize the slope of the land.