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“Claude Monet Painting by the Edge of a Wood” by John Singer Sargent

Sargent Monet Painting

“Claude Monet Painting by the Edge of a Wood” by John Singer Sargent

“Claude Monet Painting by the Edge of a Wood” by John Singer Sargent shows the famous impressionist master Claude Monet at Giverny, together with Alice Hoschedé, whom Monet had befriended and who was to become his second wife. Monet is sitting at an easel painting a landscape outdoors, doing what he advocated, painting directly from nature.

In the 1880s, Sargent attended the Impressionist exhibitions, and he began to paint outdoors in the Plein-air manner after visiting Claude Monet at his home in the village of Giverny. This painting reflects Claude Monet’s influence on Sargent, who purchased four Monet works for his personal collection.

This painting demonstrates Sargent’s spontaneous technique and brushwork in rendering figures and landscapes. Sargent is usually not thought of as an Impressionist painter, but he sometimes used impressionistic techniques to significant effect. This sketch of Claude Monet remained with Sargent all his life and was in his studio when Sargent died, along with several works by Monet.

John Singer Sargent is considered one of the leading portrait painters and is known for his evocations of the luxury of his era. He created over 900 oil paintings and more than 2,000 watercolors, as well as multiple sketches and drawings. He also traveled extensively across Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. Many of John Singer Sargent portraits, which can be found in museums across the world, depict society’s leading lights and the opulence of their time.

Claude Monet Painting by the Edge of a Wood

  • Title:                Claude Monet Painting by the Edge of a Wood
  • Artist:               John Singer Sargent
  • Year:                1885
  • Medium:          Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions:    54.0 x 64.8 cm
  • Museum:          Tate Britain

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“Cultivate an ever-continuous power of observation. Wherever you are, be always ready to make slight notes of postures, groups, and incidents.”
– John Singer Sargent


Photo Credit: John Singer Sargent [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons