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 inches × 32 inches × 11/16 inches (59.3 × 81.3 × 1.8 cm)
Framed: 37 1/8 × 46 3/8 × 5 1/2 inches (94.3 × 117.8 × 14 cm)
Credit Line City of Detroit Purchase
Accession Number 21.71
Department European Painting
On View Modern C236, Level 2 (see map)
Signed Signed, lower right: 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);
December 1-3, 1919, sold by (Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, France) Hazard estate sale, lot 200;
1919, purchased by (Galerie Barbazanges, Paris, France);
by 1921, acquired by (Howard Young Galleries, New York, New York, USA);
1921-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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