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The Entrance to the Port of Le Havre (formerly The Entrance to the Port of Honfleur), c. 1867-1868

Claude Monet

French, 1840-1926
Oil on canvas
19-3/4 x 24-1/8 in. (50.2 x 61.3 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

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This brisk early seascape served as a sketch for a large-scale painting—now lost—that Monet exhibited at the Salon in 1868. He likely painted it during a visit to his family at Le Havre, the Normandy port town where he had grown up, identifiable by the jetty and lighthouse at right. Monet gave the sketch to his friend, a journalist named Antoine Lafont, who served as a witness at Monet’s marriage in June 1870—hence the inscription at lower left: “A son ami Lafont, 1870.”

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