Regatta at Sainte-Adresse

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

Date: 1867

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 29 5/8 x 40 in. (75.2 x 101.6 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of William Church Osborn, 1951

Accession Number: 51.30.4

Description

Writing from the seaside resort of Sainte-Adresse on June 25, 1867, Monet reported that he was hard at work, noting, "Among the seascapes, I am doing the regattas of Le Havre with many figures on the beach and the outer harbor covered with small sails." This sunny regatta, watched at high tide by smartly-dressed bourgeois, seems to have been conceived as a pair with The Beach at Sainte-Adresse (Art Institute of Chicago), an overcast scene at low tide, showing fishing boats hauled onto the sand, peopled with sailors and workers. The standing man in a gray suit and straw hat has been identified as Monet’s father, who is shown seated in the garden views at right.

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