Monet, Claude, Blanche Painting, c. 1892-3
Signed Claude Monet, Lithograph, Blanche Painting, c. 1892-3
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|Artist:||Monet, Claude (1840 - 1926)|
|Title:||Blanche Painting, c. 1892-3|
Original color lithograph on chîne appliqué, on a wove support
|Image Size:||8 in x 6 1/2 in (20.3 x 16.5 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||22 1/2 in x 15 3/4 in ( 52.1 x 40 cm)|
|Framed Size:||Approx. 34 in x 28 in (86.4 cm x 71.1 cm)|
|Signed:||This work is hand-signed by Claude Monet (Paris, 1840 - Governy, 1926) in pencil in the lower left; printer G.W. Thornley hand-signed the work in pencil in the lower right, and the work also bears his red ink stamp.|
|Edition:||From the rare edition of 25 hand-signed proofs.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition with full margins.|
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|Depicting Monet's step-daughter, who would become his daughter-in-law upon her
marriage to his son, Jean, this beautiful work had personal meaning for the
artist. Blanche immediately took to Monet upon his marriage to her mother, and
almost as quickly took up painting herself. Studying with her father-in-law
and Edouard Manet, she adopted Impressionism as her own. After her husband's
death, Blanche visited the aging artist periodically, serving as his caretaker
until his death. Historians speculate that she even helped Monet complete his
Grands Décorations, the monumental panels of water lilies housed in the
Orangerie, Paris. |
Under a full summer sun, Monet captures Blanche's concentration as she paints en plein air at her easel. In the background we see Suzanne Hoschedé and her soon-to-be husband, the American painter Theodore Butler, who works on his own picture. Delicate red tree trunks crowned with canopies of leaves fill the horizon. Monet's deft brushwork and palette bring the breeze flattening the thick grass and the perfume of wildflowers to life. An ode to the moment, this is a classic Impressionist work whose value was clear to the artist; he kept the original painting after which this print was created for his own private collection until the end of his life.
Created after the original oil painting of the same title from circa 1892-3, this original color lithograph on chîne appliqué, on a wove support, is from the rare edition of 25 hand-signed proofs. Hand-signed by Monet and the printer G.W. Thornley, this work also bears Thornley's red ink stamp. The edition was published by J. Mancini, Paris.
DOCUMENTED AND ILLUSTRATED IN:
1) Wildenstein, Daniel. Monet: Catalogue Raisonné, Vol. III. Taschen, 1999. The original painting is listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 1330 on pp. 540-41.
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Biography of Claude Monet
Claude Monet was a French Impressionist painter. He is regarded as the archetypal Impressionist in that his devotion to the ideals of the movement was unwavering throughout his long career, and it is fitting that one of his pictures-Impression: Sunrise (Musee Marmottan, Paris, 1872) gave the group its name. His youth was spent in Le Havre, where he first excelled as a caricaturist but was then converted to landscape painting by his early mentor Boudin, from whom he derived his firm predilection for painting out of doors: 'By the single example of this painter devoted to his art with such independence, my destiny as a painter opened out to me.'
In 1859 he studied in Paris at the Atelier Suisse and formed a friendship with Pissarro. After two years' military service in Algiers, he returned to Le Havre and met Jongkind, to whom he said he owed 'the definitive education of my eye'. He then, in 1862, entered the studio of Gleyre in Paris and there met Renoir, Sisley, and Bazille, with whom he was to form the nucleus of the Impressionist group. Monet's devotion to painting out of doors is illustrated by the famous story concerning one of his most ambitious early works, Women in the Garden (Musee d' Orsay, Paris, 1866-7). The picture is about 2.5 in. high and to enable him to paint all of it outside he had a trench dug in the garden so the canvas could be raised or lowered by pulleys to the height he required. Courbet visited him when he was working on it and said Monet would not paint even the leaves in the background unless the lighting conditions were exactly right.
During the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1) Claude Monet took refuge in England with Pissarro: he studied the work of Constable and Turner, painted the Thames and London parks, and met the dealer Durand-Ruel, who was to become one of the great champions of the Impressionists. From 1871 to 1878 he lived at Argenteuil, a village on the Seine near Paris, and here were painted some of the most joyous and famous works of the Impressionist movement, not only by Monet, but by his visitors Edouard Manet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Sisley. In 1878 he moved to Vetheuil and in 1883 he settled at Giverny, also on the Seine, but about 40 miles from Paris.
After having experienced extreme poverty, Monet began to prosper. By 1890 he was successful enough to buy the house at Giverny he had previously rented and in 1892 he married his mistress, with whom he had begun an affair in 1876, three Years before the death of his first wife. From 1890 he concentrated on a series of pictures in which he painted the same subject at different times of the day in different lights - Haystacks or Grainstacks (1890-1) and Rouen Cathedral (1891-5) are the best known. He continued to travel widely, visiting London and Venice several times (and also Norway as a guest of Queen Christiana), but increasingly his attention was focused on the celebrated water-garden he created at Giverny, which served as the theme for the series of paintings on Waterlilies that began in 1899 and grew to dominate his work completely (in 1914 he had a special studio built in the grounds of his house so he could work on the huge canvases). In his final years he was troubled by failing eyesight, but he painted until the end, completing a great decorative scheme of water-lily paintings that he donated to the nation in the year of his death. They were installed in the Orangerie, Paris, in 1927. Monet was enormously prolific. Claude Monet lithographs, paintings and drawings are in many major galleries around the world.