Mouth of the Seine at Honfleur
1865
Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926)
On View

In 1865, a twenty-four-year-old Claude Monet made his Salon debut with this picture and its pendant (today in the Kimbell Art Museum), declaring an allegiance to Courbet, Manet, and the Realist avant-garde. We stand on a jetty looking across the harbor at Honfleur, a town on the Normandy Coast where the Seine empties into the English Channel. The sails of fishing boats swell with a wind that stiffens waves in the foreground and sends clouds rolling across the sky. For all its salty immediacy, the picture was painted not outdoors—en plein air—but back in Monet’s Paris studio, on the basis of sketches he had made on-site.

Details

  • Artist Name: Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926)
  • Title: Mouth of the Seine at Honfleur
  • Date: 1865
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 35-1/4 x 59-1/4 in. (89.5 x 150.5 cm)
  • Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation
  • Accession Number: F.1973.33.2.P
  • Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation

Object Information

The artist, sold 1865 for Ff 300 to;
Alfred Cadart, Paris.
Rousselle, sold 24 July 1922 to;
[Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, stock no. 23.095, sold 28 September 1922 to];
Georges Bernheim, Paris, still in 1924, possibly 1926.
Y. de Saint-Albin, Paris;
Jacques de Saint-Albin, Paris, by 1959.
Remond, Geneva.
[Wildenstein & Co., Inc., New York, by 1968, sold 1973 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.

  • Paris, Salon, to

Exposition Claude Monet 1849-1926, organisée au profit de la Société des Amis du Louvre

  • Paris, Galerie Durand-Ruel, 1959-05-22 to 1959-09-30

On loan to Toledo Museum of Art

  • Toledo Museum of Art, 1974-01-10 to 1974-08-26

Reinstallation of South Wing

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1993-10-07 to 1995-08-13

[on loan]

  • High Museum of Art, 1980-11-20 to 1981-08-05

Selected Pictures by Claude Monet (1840-1926)

  • London, Arthur Tooth and Sons Ltd., 1936-03-12 to 1936-04-04

The Lure of the Water: Impressionists at the Seashore

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1993-07-01 to 1993-10-10

Three Centuries of French Art: Selections from The Norton Simon, Inc. Museum of Art and the Norton Simon Foundation_2

  • California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1974-10-19 to 1976-06-15
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