Garden at Sainte-Adresse. Artist: Claude Monet (French, Paris 1840-1926 Giverny). Dimensions: 38 5/8 x 51 1/8 in. (98.1 x 129.9 cm). Date: 1867.
Monet spent the summer of 1867 with his family at Sainte-Adresse, a seaside resort near Le Havre. It was there that he painted this buoyant, sunlit scene of contemporary leisure, enlisting his father (shown seated in a panama hat) and other relatives as models. By adopting an elevated viewpoint and painting the terrace, sea, and sky as three distinct bands of high-keyed color, Monet emphasized the flat surface of the canvas. His approach--daring for its time--reflects his admiration for Japanese prints. Twelve years after it was made, Monet exhibited the picture at the fourth Impressionist exhibition of 1879 as Jardin à Sainte-Adresse. Museum: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA.
June 21st, 2019
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