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On Loan

Claude Monet (1840-1926)

The Church Vétheuil

Monet moved with his family to Vétheuil in 1878 and despite the death of his wife the following year this proved to be an important period in his development as a landscape painter. The church was the subject for a series of paintings, viewed from different positions at different times of year. This version was painted from a boat on the River Seine. To capture constantly changing effects of light and colour Monet had to work quickly using rapid dabs of the brush, this is particularly noticeable in the shimmering reflections on the river.

Monet was the key figure in the French Impressionist movement, following its principles to the end of his life. From the 1860s Monet, Renoir, Sisley and other Paris-based artists began exploring a shared interest open air painting and subjects drawn from contemporary life. After their first exhibition in 1874 they became known as the Impressionists.

Medium oil on canvas
Date 1880
Dimensions 505mm x 610mm
Acquisition Number SOTAG : 1975/183
Credit Line Purchased in 1975 with the assistance of the Victoria and Albert Museum/MGC Purchase Grant Fund