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Autumn on the Seine, Argenteuil (Automne sur la Seine Argenteuil)

European Art
Autumn on the Seine, Argenteuil (Automne sur la Seine Argenteuil)


Claude Monet
French, 1840–1926




Oil on canvas

Accession #



21 3/8 x 28 7/8 inches


On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 2, Gallery 207

Monet executed this work of the Petit Bras, a branch of the Seine near Argenteuil, shortly after his arrival in Argenteuil in 1871. The vantage point suggests he painted this work from the small boat that he converted into a floating studio. In the background are recognizable architectural landmarks including the Château Michelet. The relatively small, delicate brushstrokes underscore this work as a painting created during the “high” or “classic” phase of Impressionism. Monet’s use of brilliant colors is mirrored in the water below, resulting in a remarkable symmetry that makes it difficult to distinguish between the reflected colors and their sources.


Purchase with funds from the Forward Arts Foundation, The Buisson Foundation, Eleanor McDonald Storza Estate, Frances Cheney Boggs Estate, Katherine John Murphy Foundation, and High Museum of Art Enhancement Fund