The Basin at Argenteuil
The Basin at Argenteuil, 1874
Oil on canvas
55.2 x 74.3 cm (21 3/4 x 29 1/4 inches)
Gift of Mrs. Murray S. Danforth 42.219
In the 1870s Claude Monet rented a home in Argenteuil, a riverside village northwest of Paris that provided ample inspiration for his studies of natural light and atmospheric effects. The Seine was wide and deep at this location, making it a favored location for the sailing regattas and pleasure boating suggested in this painting. On the far bank of the boat basin, near a shady promenade, a former ferryman’s house had been turned into a cafe. Monet observed the view from across the river on the island of Petit-Gennevilliers. Capturing the shimmering reflections of moored and sailing boats, he cropped his composition to exclude the nearby railroad bridge as well as other signs of the industries that were encroaching on this idyllic setting.(October 21, 2016 – June 11, 2017)
The boat basin at Argenteuil, with its long promenade and terraced café, was a popular site for watching sailing regattas on the Seine. Monet set up his easel on an island across the river, distinguishing optical effects and textures with strategically varied brushmarks. Using pigments direct from tubes and mixed on his palette, he evoked the bramble of grasses in the foreground with congested jabs of color. A dappled mosaic of horizontal dashes captures the movement of water and the reflections of broadly painted sailboats. Along the riverwalk, dark and light flicks of paint mark a procession of plane trees whose gray-green leaves and their purple shadows are rendered with a flattened touch.
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Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1991
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Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. Waltham, MA: Rose Art Museum, Brandesi University., 1967