Claude MonetThe Seine at Port-Villez 1894

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Artist
Claude Monet (1840‑1926)
Title
The Seine at Port-Villez
La Seine à Port-Villez
Date 1894
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 654 x 1003 mm frame: 864 x 1216 x 88 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1953
Reference
N06182
Not on display

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Monet executed several scenes of the Seine near his house at Giverny. He probably began each canvas in a specially adapted flat-bottomed boat, but would have continued working on paintings in his studio over a period of time. Monet has stripped this scene of physical detail, focusing, instead, on recording the all-enveloping light and atmosphere of the river. In 1891 he said, 'For me, a landscape does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life - the air and the light, which vary continuously. For me, it is only the surrounding atmosphere which gives subjects their true value.'

August 2004

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