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Claude Monet, The Seine at Port-Villez

Key facts
Full title The Seine at Port-Villez
Artist Claude Monet
Artist dates 1840 - 1926
Date made 1894
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 65.4 × 100.3 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit On loan from Tate: Purchased 1953
Inventory number L719
Location Not on display
Image copyright On loan from Tate: Purchased 1953, © 2000 Tate
Collection Main Collection
The Seine at Port-Villez
Claude Monet

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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