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Currier Museum of Art - Claude MonetJul 18, 2013 - Jul 24, 2013
Claude Monet, French, 1840-1926, Adolphe Monet in the Garden of Le Coteau at Sainte-Adresse, 1867,Oil on canvas, 32 1Ž2 x 39 5/8 in., Private Collection.
One of Claude Monet’s most celebrated, early paintings -- Adolphe Monet in the Garden of Le Coteau at Sainte-Adresse -- is now on view in the Currier’s European Gallery. It depicts the artist’s father reading a newspaper under a canopy of shade trees. The center of the composition iprovides a vista into a sunlit, flowering garden on the estate Le Coteau in Sainte-Addresse, a town along the Normandy coast. The painting, which has been on public view only twice, remained in the artist’s family until 2004. It will return to its owner in early July, so make your plans soon to visit the Currier.
Adolphe Monet in the Garden of Le Coteau at Sainte-Adresse dates to the summer of 1867, when Monet was only 27 years old. It was painted two years before the Currier’s own important early Monet, The Seine at Bougival, and a full seven years before the term Impressionism was coined in 1874 by a French art critic.
The seeds of Impressionism, nonetheless, are clearly evident in both paintings. In the painting of Monet’s father, Adolphe, the palette is bold, the brushstrokes are expressive, and the focus is on broad areas of light and shadow rather than the objects themselves. In the Currier’s Seine at Bougival, the artist expresses the fleeting quality of sunlight passing through dappled clouds, and the brushstrokes have become more pronounced and the application of paint thicker and more dynamic.
Impressionism reached its full maturity in the 1880s, and was the dominant style for another decade in much of Europe. “This is a rare opportunity for visitors to experience the incredible talent one of the greatest French Impressionists just as he began to emerge as an innovator and before he became a seminal figure” said Susan Strickler, CEO and Director of the Currier. “Come take advantage of this moment.”