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Le Bassin d' Argenteuil

Artist Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926)
Title Le Bassin d' Argenteuil
Date 1874
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions Stretcher: 21 3/4 × 25 7/8 in. (55.2 × 65.7 cm)
Framed: 32 7/8 × 36 3/4 × 4 1/2 in. (83.5 × 93.3 × 11.4 cm)
Credit Line Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 76.15

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Many of the Impressionists congregated at the small town of Argenteuil near Paris to paint the River Seine. The town was popular during the summer with urban day-trippers who enjoyed sailing on the river—as the large number of sailboats in this painting indicates. Claude Monet, who lived in Argenteuil from 1871 to 1878, constructed a bateau-atelier, or “boat studio,” in order to achieve a more intimate vantage point from which to paint the river; his boat is visible in the lower-right corner of the painting. In this work, painted from a bridge, Monet conveyed atmospheric effects through loose brushwork and the suppression of details.

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