Jardin a Sainte-Adresse By Claude Monet

Jardin à Sainte-Adresse is a painting by French impressionist artist Claude Monet created in 1867. It is currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. 

Monet spent the summer of 1867 at the resort town of Sainte-Adresse on the English Channel, near Le Havre (France). It was there, in a garden with a view of Honfleur on the horizon, that he painted this picture, which combines smooth, traditionally rendered areas with sparkling passages of rapid, separate brushwork, and spots of pure colour.

The models were probably Monet’s father, Adolphe, in the foreground, Monet’ cousin Jeanne Marguérite Lecadre at the fence; Dr. Adolphe Lecadre, her father; and perhaps Lecadre’s other daughter, Sophie, the woman seated with her back to the viewer.

Although the scene projects affluent domesticity, it is by no means a family portrait. Monet’s relations with his father were tense that summer, owing to family disapproval of the young artist’s liaison with his companion, Camille Doncieux, his wife to be.


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