The Seine at Giverny
The Seine at Giverny, 1885
Oil on canvas
64.8 x 92.7 cm (25 1/2 x 36 1/2 inches)
Museum Appropriation Fund, by exchange 44.541
In the spring of 1883, Claude Monet rented a house in Giverny, a small rural town about fifty miles north of Paris. He later purchased the property from his landlord, having found the environment that would serve as his ultimate inspiration. This painting is one of three versions he made of a site at which a branch of the Seine is joined by the River Epte. Its composition consists of densely massed foliage on opposite banks, both casting mirror images in the still water. Their weighty reflections rim the confluence of the river and the luminous sky.The landscape is bathed in a unifying blue-grey light that blurs the contours of the trees and casts a poetic veil over the view.Like Monet’s earlier works, this landscape is based on close observation of nature, but its effect suggests a reverie in which forms have been abstracted, recalled, and softened.(October 21, 2016 – June 11, 2017)
Monet may have begun this view from a boat or on a nearby shore. One of a series he painted of this site, where the Seine joins the River Epte, it suggests a reverie in which forms have been abstracted and recalled.
Here Monet frames a confluence of the rivers and the luminous sky with densely massed foliage. Rose-blue light infuses the landscape, emanating from above and repeated in a watery reflection. Subtly distinguishing the trees from their mirror images, Monet loosened and reoriented his brushstrokes to record their presence in the flowing river. Similarly, he transformed the diagonal movement of the clouds into scattered marks in the waves below.
European Paintings and Sculpture, ca. 1770 - 1937
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Contributions byRosenfeld, Daniel, et al
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
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