Houses by the Bank of the River Zaan, Claude Monet
Claude Monet
Houses by the Bank of the River Zaan
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Claude Monet

Houses by the Bank of the River Zaan, 1871


Dimensions
47.7 x 73.7 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
1385
Acquisition
Acquired in 1904
Status
On display, Special Exhibitions

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About the Work

Immediately after the Franco-Prussian War, during which Claude Monet had sought exile in London, the artist travelled to the Netherlands. He and his family sojourned in a small town near Amsterdam called Zaandam, which was popular with tourists. “One would be busy for an entire painter’s life,” he wrote to his friend Camille Pissarro. While Paris lay in ruins, Monet depicted happy scenery. The soft light of a summer’s day is shimmering on the picturesque houses, which are reflected in the water on the bank of the Zaan River. The artist captures the carefree atmosphere of this idyllic location with Impressionist brushstrokes.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Houses by the Bank of the River Zaan
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten links: Claude Monet.

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 1904

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 41A143 detached house in city
  • 25I145 canals, waters (in city)
  • 61D(ZAAN) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (ZAAN) (ZAAN)
  • 61E(ZAANDAM) names of cities and villages (ZAANDAM)
Secondary
  • 25G3 trees
  • 31D15 adult woman
  • 41A54 fence, wall, paling
  • 26A clouds
  • 22C5 reflection (light in general)
  • 23F43 summer landscape; landscape symbolizing summer (the four seasons of the year)

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02.07.2020