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Bathers at La Grenouillère
Claude Monet
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During the summer of 1869, Monet and Renoir painted together at La Grenouillère, a slightly raffish resort on the river Seine some 12 kilometres west of Paris. It had become a popular weekend retreat from the city during the 1860s.

Monet made several oil sketches at the resort, including this picture, in preparation for a large painting of the site that he planned to exhibit at the Salon of 1870. Painted quickly and technically quite crude, these studies have a directness and immediacy that could not be achieved in the studio. Monet was painting what he saw, without any attempt to tidy up the scene. Rather than a documentary record of La Grenouillère, he presents a summary of his own experience of fleeting visual effects or impressions that changed moment to moment. As pictures in their own right, these sketches were an important step towards Impressionism.

Key facts
Artist Claude Monet
Artist dates 1840 - 1926
Full title Bathers at La Grenouillère
Date made 1869
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 73 x 92 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit Bequeathed by Mrs M.S. Walzer as part of the Richard and Sophie Walzer Bequest, 1979
Inventory number NG6456
Location in Gallery Room 44
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