Claude Monet (1840-1926)
Autumn Effect at Argenteuil, 1873
Oil on canvas
21 ½ x 29 ⅓ in. (55 x 74.5 cm)
Samuel Courtauld Trust: Courtauld Gift, 1932


Claude Monet painted Autumn Effect at Argenteuil in late 1873, the very moment the Impressionist movement was being forged. The subject is a view of Argenteuil, an expanding industrial center and suburb near Paris. Visible in the distance is a factory chimney and an old church tower. The picture was painted quickly, out-of-doors, in short, broken strokes and in colors that evoke the icy banks of the river and the area’s foliage in all of its autumnal glory. Monet reworked the composition considerably. On the right side, one can still see where he scraped away layers of paint from the trees, probably with the handle of his brush.


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