Claude Monet / Garden at Sainte-Adresse / 1867Claude Monet
Garden at Sainte-Adresse

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Creator Name: Monet, Claude
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: French, 1840-1926
Creator Name-CRT: Claude Monet
Title: Garden at Sainte-Adresse
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1867
Creation End Date: 1867
Creation Date: 1867
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 38 5/8 x 51 1/8 in. (98.1 x 129.9 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 67.241
Credit Line: Purchase, special contributions and funds given or bequeathed by friends of the Museum, 1967

Monet spent the summer of 1867 in Sainte-Adresse, a small town on the Channel coast of Normandy just north of Le Havre. Among the works painted that summer were "The Beach at Sainte-Adresse" (MMA, 51.30.4) and "Garden at Sainte-Adresse." On June 25 he reported to his fellow painter and friend Frédéric Bazille that all was well: "I have been here for fifteen days, happy and as well as can be expected. Everyone is charming and admires every stroke of my brush." Undoubtedly his admirers included the figures depicted here: the artist's cousin, Jeanne-Marguerite Lecadre, standing beside an unidentified gentleman in the middle ground; Monet's aunt, Madame Lecadre; and his father, Adolphe, seated in the foreground.

The artist's elevated vantage point and the relatively even sizes of the horizontal areas comprising the composition emphasize the two-dimensionality of the painting. The three horizontal zones of the composition seem to rise parallel to the picture plane instead of receding into clearly defined space. The flags, especially the tricolor on the right, may be a witty analogy to the composition. The subtle tension resulting from the combination of illusionism and the two-dimensionality of the surface remained an important characteristic of Monet's style.

In 1920 Monet himself recalled the avant-garde character of "Garden at Sainte-Adresse," as the art dealer René Gimpel recorded in his diary after visiting the artist in Giverny: "Monet showed us a photograph of one of his canvases, which represents his father looking at the sea . . . he pointed out to us that on each side of the composition there is a pole with a flag and that, at that time, this composition was considered very daring."

AMICA ID: MMA_.67.241
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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