New-to-me Monet

January 5, 2014

Met Monet I've never seen before

I was browsing the Met’s collection of Monets on line, looking for something else, when I found this Monet that I’ve never seen before — by which I mean that I have never seen it reproduced despite my having perused a gazillion books on Monet over the past 30 odd years.

I wonder why they keep it so secret.

I have wanted to paint something like this, have tried my hand at my own version of a similar idea, as for instance in this large drawing here.  And I knew about this sort of image via works by other artists, like Wolf Kahn — or even by the backdrop in the National Gallery’s large Degas, where the theatre set features a rather “Monet-like,” broadly conceived landscape.  JMW Turner, of course, did things like this — probably where Monet got his idea.

Or perhaps he got his idea by looking at the backgrounds of Claude Lorraine.

Who knows where Monet got his idea.  But there’s certainly no use in the Met keeping this picture under wraps because the idea already escaped long ago.

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3 Responses to “New-to-me Monet”


  1. I never saw this Monet, should go to the Met!
    It is a beautiful Monet, unusual I found in the simplicity of the subject.
    Good to read you Aletha!

  2. Aletha Says:

    Bonjour Ben et bonne année! Indeed, there’s lots of wonderful things to see at the Met, though unfortunately not this particular Monet. According to the Met’s website, it’s not on view. But they do have lots of others to see, and on the website there’s a neat magnification tool so you can see lots of details and at least get a sense of the picture.

    I haven’t blogged in quite a while! But I’m trying to get back into the hang of it ….

    http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/437126


  3. thanks for the link to the Met – such wonderful things to be discovered on the net – the Met on the net ;)


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