The Parc Monceau

Artist: Claude Monet (French, Paris 1840–1926 Giverny)

Date: 1878

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 28 5/8 x 21 3/8 in. (72.7 x 54.3 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: The Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ittleson Jr. Purchase Fund, 1959

Accession Number: 59.142


Monet painted six views of the Parc Monceau: three in 1876 and three in 1878. In this canvas, the disposition of light and shade in the foreground, the patterns of the leaves, and the broad contours beginning to develop in areas of strong contrast suggest that Monet had already begun to experiment with the boldly two-dimensional motifs that would characterize his work of the 1880s and 1890s.