Garden at Sainte-Adresse, 1867
Claude Monet (French, Paris 1840–1926 Giverny)
Oil on canvas, 38 5/8 x 51 1/8 in. (98.1 x 129.9 cm)
Signed (lower right): Claude Monet
Purchase, special contributions and funds given or bequeathed by friends of the Museum, 1967, MMA #67.241
From info card:|
"Monet painted this canvas in the summer of 1867 in a Sainte-Adresse garden with a view of Honfleur at the horizon. The models were probably Monet's father, Adolphe, in the foreground; Monet's cousin Jeanne Marguérite Lecadre at the garden fence; Dr. Adolphe Lecadre, her father; and perhaps Lecadre's other daughter, Sophie, the woman seated in the foreground with her back to the viewer. Although this scene projects affluent domesticity, it is by no means a family portrait. Monet's relations with his father were tense that summer, owing to family disapproval of the young artist's liaison with his companion, Camille Doncieux.
"Monet called this work "the Chinese painting in which there are flags"; Renoir referred to it as "the Japanese painting with little flags." In the 1860s, the composition's flat horizontal bands of color would have reminded sophisticated viewers of Japanese color wood-block prints, which were avidly collected by Monet, Manet, Renoir, Whistler, and others in their circle. The print by the Japanese artist Hokusai that may have inspired this picture remains today at Monet's house at Giverny."
Could that print be this one?|
Hokusai Katsushika, "The Sazai Hall of the 500 Rakan Temple"