Eye Candy for Today: Monet’s Walk

Walk (Road of the Farm Saint-Simeon), Claude Monet and Studion in the rue de Furstenberg, Frederic Bazille
Walk (Road of the Farm Saint-Sim&eacuteon), Claude Monet and Studio in the rue de Furstenberg, Frédéric Bazille

As much as I admire Claude Monet at the height of his mature style, I particularly enjoy his early work, in which he combines the painterly immediacy of the plein air pioneers of the Barbizon school with a darker palette and subdued compositions in the tradition of the 17th century Dutch landscape masters.

This landscape, painted at a time when Monet was staying on the Normandy coast with his mentor, Eugene Boudin, influential Dutch artist Johan Jongkind and Monet’s friend and later fellow Impressionist Frédéric Bazille, is now in the collection of the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo.

Bazille included what may be a version of Monet’s painting in his view of his own Studio in the rue de Furstenberg (images above, bottom two). The thought is that Monet may have started the painting on location and then finished it in Bazille’s studio.