The Artist's Garden at Vétheuil
1881
Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926)
On View

The years that Monet spent at a rented pink house in Vétheuil were among the most difficult of his life. The market for his work had collapsed; his wife fell ill and died; his servants all quit. And yet the pictures he painted there, in his lush, sunny garden conceived as an outdoor studio, are among the most exuberant of his career. This view of a path shaded by sunflowers and punctuated with gladioli was one of four studies of the scene that Monet made in the early 1880s. The Norton Simon’s version has long been thought to serve as a preparatory sketch for the largest canvas, today in the collection of the National Gallery of Art. However the artist’s comparatively tight, confident brushwork in this painting—particularly in the handling of the sky and clouds—suggests that it is a more fully realized reduction of the National Gallery’s composition, perhaps made with a bourgeois buyer in mind.

Details

  • Artist Name: Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926)
  • Title: The Artist's Garden at Vétheuil
  • Date: 1881
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 39-1/2 x 32 in. (100.3 x 81.3 cm)
  • Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation
  • Accession Number: F.1975.09.P
  • Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation

Object Information

The artist, sold 9 February 1882 to;
[Durand-Ruel, Paris].
d’Alayer, Paris.
[Durand-Ruel, Paris, in 1931, still in 1935].
?[Arthur Tooth & Sons, London; by 1936].
[Durand-Ruel, New York, by 1940].
[Sam Salz, New York].
[E. V. Thaw, New York, sold by at least 1957 to];
Mr. and Mrs. William Goetz, Los Angeles.
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin E. Bensinger, Chicago, by at least 1969, owned jointly (2/3 share) with the Art Institute of Chicago (1/3 share) (sale, London, Christie’s, 15 April 1975, lot 31, color ill., as Jardin a Vetheuil, to);
[Wildenstein & Co., New York, sold 1975 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.

Tableaux Durand-Ruel

  • Auditorium Building (Chicago, IL), 1915-12 to
Masterpieces from the Norton Simon Museum, p. 129
Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, cat. 1173 p. 379
Venturi, Lionello, Les archives de l'Impressionnisme, vol. I p. 226
Wildenstein, Daniel, Claude Monet: Biographie et catalogue raisonné, no. 683 pp. 118, 406, 446
Wildenstein, Daniel, Monet: Catalogue Raisonné/Werkverzeichnis, no. 683 p. 256
Dyrness, William, Visual Faith: Art, Theology and Worship in Dialogue, pl. 3 between pp. 96 and 97
Brettell, Richard R. and Stephen F. Eisenman, Nineteenth-Century Art in the Norton Simon Museum, volume 1,
Rewald, John, The History of Impressionism, p. 470
Leah Lehmbeck, Impressionist and Modern Art: The A. Jerrold Perenchio Collection, fig. 29 pp. 152(ill.)
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Additional Artwork by Artist

Mouth of the Seine at Honfleur Claude Monet 1865
The Entrance to the Port of Le Havre (formerly The Entrance to the Port of Honfleur) Claude Monet c. 1867-1868

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