The Seine at Port-Villez

1894, Claude Monet

On loan from Tate: Purchased 1953, © 2000 Tate

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Although dated 1885, this work was almost certainly painted in 1894, when Monet painted a series of works at Port-Villez.

To paint the series Monet probably worked from a boat. Port-Villez, between Vernon and Bonnières-sur-Seine, is noted for its cliffs bordering the river. Here they are depicted under the effects of a morning mist, shorn of details, and reflected with perfect symmetry. The silver tones show the influence of Corot.

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