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The Artist's Garden at V├ętheuil, 1881

Claude Monet

French, 1840-1926
Oil on canvas
39-1/2 x 32 in. (100.3 x 81.3 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
F.1975.09.P
┬ę The Norton Simon Foundation

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Monet is best known for his sun-drenched, flower-filled gardens. In 1881 he lived in V├ętheuil, a small town on the banks of the Seine. His garden, filled with tall sunflowers, was terraced from the house down to the river. This view is one of four that Monet painted of the stairs and garden. Light bathes the scene, heightening all of the colors and penetrating even into the darkest shadows. These shadows are painted in blues, deep purples, and dark greens. Executed with short, energetic brushstrokes, the artist's garden resonates with the colors of summer.

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