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The Artist's Garden at Vétheuil, 1881

Claude Monet

French, 1840-1926
Oil on canvas
39-1/2 x 32 in. (100.3 x 81.3 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
F.1975.09.P
© The Norton Simon Foundation

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Claude-Oscar Monet completed this magnificent scene of the flowering garden at Vétheuil just as he was recovering from a series of terrible blows to his personal life. In the few years leading up to the painting, one of Monet’s earliest patrons, Ernest Hoschedé, went bankrupt, and the businessman was forced to sell 16 of Monet’s works at extremely low prices, effectively depressing the market for the artist’s work. The following year, while Hoschedé’s family of eight and Monet’s family of four were living together in this small house just to the northwest of Paris, Monet’s wife, Camille, died of complications from the birth of her second son. However, by the time Monet turned his attention to this garden, the market for his pictures had stabilized along with his personal life. He was thus able to execute the sun-drenched canvas with the enthusiasm that it required. Broad strokes of blues, violets, creams and whites delineate the large swaths of sky, house and garden path, while energetic dapples of greens, reds and yellows brilliantly define the abundant green foliage and the profusion of sunflowers in full bloom.

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