Vétheuil in Summer

Claude Monet (French, Paris 1840–1926 Giverny)
Oil on canvas
23 5/8 x 39 1/4 in. (60 x 99.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of William Church Osborn, 1951
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 818
In this view of Vétheuil, seen from the opposite bank of the Seine, the flicker of individual brushstrokes reflects Monet's concern with recording sensations of color and light as accurately as possible. Ironically, this practice resulted in paintings of an increasingly abstract nature. Indeed, the imagery nearly dissolves in the myriad touches of paint.
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): Claude Monet 1880
Mme Berend (until 1912); [Durand-Ruel, Paris and New York, 1912]; William Church Osborn, New York (1912–d. 1951)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition," May 8–August 1920, unnumbered cat. (p. 10, as "Vétheuil," lent by William Church Osborn).

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Loan Exhibition of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings," May 3–September 15, 1921, no. 75 (as "Vetheuil," lent by William Church Osborn).

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New York. Wildenstein. "From Paris to the Sea Down the River Seine," January 28–February 27, 1943, no. 48 (as "Vétheuil," lent by Mr. William Church Osborn).

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New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Fifty Centuries," November 15, 1970–February 15, 1971, not in catalogue.

Naples. Museo di Capodimonte. "Capolavori Impressionisti dei Musei Americani," December 3, 1986–February 1, 1987, no. 31.

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Sylvie Gache in Hommage à Claude Monet (1840–1926). Exh. cat., Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais. Paris, 1980, p. 194, calls it very similar to another view of this subject now in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris (W532).

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Charles F. Stuckey. Claude Monet, 1840–1926. Exh. cat., Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, 1995, pp. 82, 204, 206, 235, no. 60, ill. (color), suggests that it was painted from Monet's studio boat.

Daniel Wildenstein. Monet. Vol. 2, Catalogue raisonné–Werkverzeichnis: Nos. 1–968. 2nd ed. Cologne, 1996, pp. 232–33, no. 605, ill. (color).

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Christine I. Oaklander. "Jonathan Sturges, W. H. Osborn, and William Church Osborn: A Chapter in American Art Patronage." Metropolitan Museum Journal 43 (2008), pp. 188–89, 191, fig. 28 (color).