The Entrance to the Port of Le Havre (formerly The Entrance to the Port of Honfleur)

Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926)
c. 1867-1868
Oil on canvas 
19-3/4 x 24-1/8 in. (50.2 x 61.3 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
On View

This brisk early seascape served as a sketch for a large-scale painting—now lost—that Monet exhibited at the Salon in 1868. He likely painted it during a visit to his family at Le Havre, the Normandy port town where he had grown up, identifiable by the jetty and lighthouse at right. Monet gave the sketch to his friend, a journalist named Antoine Lafont, who served as a witness at Monet’s marriage in June 1870—hence the inscription at lower left: “A son ami Lafont, 1870.”


The artist, gift 1870 to;
Antoine Lafont, Paris.
[Durand-Ruel, Paris, c.1900].
(sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 28 June 1943, lot 18, ill., as Dieppe: Bateaux de pêche sortant du port to);
Private Collection, Paris.
[Anstalt für Kunst und Kultur/Wildenstein, by 1952? - consigned 29 January 1969 to];
[Reid & Lefevre, London, sale no. 8089, returned 1969 to];
[[Anstalt für Kunst und Kultur/Wildenstein].
[Galerie Castiglione, Schaan, Lichtenstein, offered May 1969 and subsequently sold November-December 1969, through [Reid & Lefevre], London, as L'Entrée du Port de Honfleur, to];
The Norton Simon Foundation, (F.1969.48.P), sold 1999 to;
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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