John Singer Sargent
Claude Monet Painting by the Edge of a Wood ?1885

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John Singer Sargent 1856–1925
Claude Monet Painting by the Edge of a Wood
Date ?1885
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 540 x 648 mm
frame: 618 x 734 x 70 mm
Acquisition Presented by Miss Emily Sargent and Mrs Ormond through the Art Fund 1925
Not on display

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Sargent first met Monet in 1876, but the two artists were closest ten years later. It was probably in 1885 that they painted together at Giverny, near Paris. Sargent admired the way that Monet worked out of doors, and imitated some of his subjects and methods in sketches such as this. It is characteristic of Sargent to give a human view of Monet's practice and of the patience of his wife, who sits behind him. When he settled in London in 1885 Sargent was initially viewed as avant-garde, but came to be the greatest society portraitist of his day.

August 2004

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