The Seine at Lavacourt


The Seine at Lavacourt, 1878
Claude Monet (French, Paris 18401926 Giverny)
Oil on canvas,
Signed (lower right): 1878, Claude Monet
Isabelle and Scott Black Collection, at Boston MFA

"Monet lived in Vétheuil, a town on the Seine, from 1871 until 1881. This is among his earliest views of the village of Lavacourt across the river. Looking upstream towards Paris, Monet painted the hills on the eastern riverbank at left and the houses of the village at right. In 1880, he exhibited an enlarged version of this composition at the official Salon." (From info card)

The Dallas Museum of Fine Arts has that painting which was exhibited at the Salon:


Image via Wikimedia Commons

"In a deliberate attempt to reach a larger public and market, Monet submitted the traditionally formulated Seine at Lavacourt to the 1880 Salon. It was accepted, but the canvas was poorly hung and never attracted much attention except from writer Emil Zola, the vocal advocate of impressionism, who described it as "an exquisite note of light and open air." In the same year, Monet submitted another, more audacious scene, which was refused. He would never again offer a painting to the Salon. In 1938, this painting was the first important European painting acquired by the Dallas Museum of Art." (Info from "Artbabble.org" There's a video which also gives an idea of its size.)