The Valley of the Nervia
- Claude Monet (French, Paris 1840–1926 Giverny)
- Oil on canvas
- 26 x 32 in. (66 x 81.3 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
- Accession Number:
Monet spent three months on the Italian Riviera in early 1884. He wrote a friend, "everything is superb and I want to paint it all … there are many experiments to make. This landscape is a new experience for me." Installing himself in the coastal town of Bordighera, Monet explored the scenic terrain. Here, he employed light, bright tones to depict the snowy Maritime Alps along the border with France. Nestled among the hills is the village of Camporosso, on the banks of the Nervia, not far from the river’s outlet in the Mediterranean Sea.
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower left): Claude Monet 84
[Durand-Ruel, Paris and New York, 1885–95; bought from the artist on May 6, 1885; Paris stock nos. 675 and 1348; their sale, Moore's Art Galleries, New York, May 6, 1887, no. 85, for $975, bought in; sold for $1,800 on November 12, 1895 to Davis]; Theodore M. Davis, Newport, R.I. (1895–d. 1915; his estate, on loan to the MMA, 1915–30)
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Paris. Galerie Georges Petit. "Exposition internationale de peinture: Quatrième année," May 15–?, 1885, no. 68 (as "Vue prise près Vintimille [Italie]," lent by M. Durand-Ruel, possibly this picture).
New York. American Art Galleries. "Modern Paintings," 1886–87, no. 27 [see Wildenstein 1979].
New York. Durand-Ruel. "Monet," January 12–27, 1895, no. 1 [see Wildenstein 1979].
Boston. Copley Hall. "Loan Collection of Paintings by Claude Monet and Eleven Sculptures by Auguste Rodin," March 1905, no. 38 (as "Vallée de la Mervia [sic]," lent by Theodore M. Davis, Esq.).
Fort Worth. Kimbell Art Museum. "Monet and the Mediterranean," June 8–September 7, 1997, unnumbered cat. (pl. 26).
Brooklyn Museum of Art. "Monet and the Mediterranean," October 10, 1997–January 4, 1998, unnumbered cat. (pl. 26).
Bordighera. Chiesa Anglicana. "Monet a Bordighera," June–September 1998, unnumbered cat. (ill. p. 101).
Luigina Rossi Bortolatto. L'opera completa di Claude Monet, 1870–1889. Milan, 1966, p. 106, no. 275, ill.
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Eric M. Zafran in Claude Monet (1840–1926): A Tribute to Daniel Wildenstein and Katia Granoff. Exh. cat., Wildenstein & Co., Inc. New York, 2007, p. 117.
Joseph Baillio and Cora Michael in Claude Monet (1840–1926): A Tribute to Daniel Wildenstein and Katia Granoff. Exh. cat., Wildenstein & Co., Inc. New York, 2007, pp. 164, 200.
It was during his 1884 trip to the Italian Riviera that Monet captured this view of the Nervia, a river that flows into the Mediterranean, passing near the French-Italian border.