The Luncheon, Claude Monet
Claude Monet
The Luncheon
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Claude Monet

The Luncheon, 1868 – 1869

231.5 x 151.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 170
Acquired in 1910
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art


About the Work

Art history would probably have taken a different course if the jury of the Paris Salon had not turned down this painting by Monet in 1870. This rejection was followed four years later by the first exhibition of the Impressionists, where Monet presented the work. It shows his family, a guest and a maidservant during luncheon. The liberal brushwork that Monet will apply in ‘La Grenouillère’ a few months later is not yet visible. This is a private scene from everyday life, but the nearly monumental format chosen by the artist raises its status to that of history painting.

Audio & Video

  • 01:04
    Basic information
  • 01:43
    Focus on art history
  • 01:47
    Focus on cultural history
  • Kunst|Stück – Claude Monet: Das Mittagessen (Le déjeuner)
    Sammlungshighlights des Städel Museums in unterhaltsamen und informativen Filmen – das sind die Kunst|Stücke. Entdecken Sie spannende Details zu Kunstwerken aus ungewöhnlichen Blickwinkeln in unter zwei Minuten. Claude Monet: Das Mittagessen (Le déjeuner) (1868), Städel Museum Frankfurt.
  • ASK AN ARTWORK – Fragen an die Kunst, Antworten aus dem Home Office: Claude Monet #StaydelAtHome
    Claude Monets "Das Mittagessen": Ein bürgerliches Idyll dargestellt auf stolzen 2,30 x1,50m. Doch warum zeigt uns Monet diese alltägliche Szene in solch einer Größe? Und wer sind all diese Frauen auf dem Bild? Wer ist die Mutter des Kindes? In der Serie ASK AN ARTWORK beantwortet die Kunsthistorikerin Anna Huber (Mitarbeiterin der Abteilung Bildung und Vermittlung) aus dem Home Office Fragen, die wir an die Kunst haben. Denn während der Coronakrise kommt das Städel zu euch: #StaydelAtHome Findet Claude Monets Werk "Das Mittagessen" in der Digitalen Sammlung: Claude Monet`s "The Luncheon": a bourgeois idyll shown on proud 2.3 by 1.5 metres. But why is the painting so big? Who are all the women on this painting? And who is the mother of the child? In the series ASK AN ARTWORK art historian Anna Huber (Educational Department of the Städel Museum) answers the questions that we have for art – from home office. Because during the Corona-Crisis, if you can’t come to the Städel Museum, then the Städel Museum will come to you: #StaydelAtHome Find Claude Monet's "The Luncheon" in our Digital Collection:

Work Data

Basic Information

The Luncheon
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten links: Claude Monet. 1868.

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquired in 1910

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Associated Medium
  • Le Figaro (Paris)


  • 41C42(+53) midday meal, lunch (+ round table)
  • 61BB2(MONET, Camille)13(+52) historical person (MONET, Camille) - BB - woman - historical person (MONET, Camille) portrayed in a group, in a group-portrait (+ (MONET, Camille) bust portrait)
  • 61B2(MONET, Jean)13(+52) historical person (MONET, Jean) - historical person (MONET, Jean) portrayed in a group, in a group-portrait (+ (MONET, Jean) bust portrait)
  • 42A3 mother and baby or young child
  • 42F51 maid ~ house personnel

Städel Mixtape

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