Monet's garden at Argenteuil near Paris provided the subject matter for this painting: a flower bed of tall gladioli shimmering in the light. The figure standing under an umbrella is the artist's wife, Camille, enjoying a leisurely stroll. Rather than being the focal point of the painting, she is merely a figure used to define the space. The flower bed itself dominates the composition. Using thick, short brushstrokes that appear as dabs at close range but synthesize at a distance, and juxtaposing red and pink blossoms against green foliage, Monet simulates the shimmering visual sensations experienced on a hot summer day.
Artist Claude Monet
French, 1840-1926
Title
  • Rounded Flower Bed (Corbeille de fleurs)
Date 1876
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 23 3/8 × 32 × 11/16 inches (59.3 × 81.3 × 1.8 cm)
Framed: 37 5/8 × 46 1/2 × 5 1/2 inches (95.6 × 118.1 × 14 cm)
Credit Line City of Detroit Purchase
Accession Number 21.71
Department European Painting
On View Special Exhibitions: South S280, Level 2 (see map)
Signed l.r.: Claude Monet
1877, probably sold by the artist to Georges Charpentier (Paris, France).
by 1913, Nicolas Auguste Hazard [d. 1913] (Orrouy, France);
1913, by descent to his widow, Mme. Hazard [d. 1919] (Orrouy, France);
1919, sold to (Galerie Barbazanges, Paris, France) at Hazard estate sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, France, 1–3 December 1919, lot 200.
by 1921, acquired by (Howard Young Galleries, New York, New York, USA);
1921–present, sold to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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