Morning on the Seine near Giverny

Morning on the Seine near Giverny Painting by Claude Monet.

Morning on the Seine near Giverny by Claude Monet

Morning on the Seine near Giverny by Claude Monet was produced in 17th Century and is considered to be one of the famous artworks of Impressionism movement. The work can be viewed now at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Medium: Oil Painting 

Subject(s): nature, river


Morning on the Seine near Giverny is an oil painting produced in 1897 by French painter Claude Monet.

This painting by Monet was one of the paintings of 17 canvases that too created by Monet on the same topics.

This oil painting depicts a scene of the Seine river near Giverny which is Monet’s hometown. Monet painting depicts the day scene of the early morning. The feeling of early hours of the day comes from the color used, the blue and purple palette, use of early day light, reflections from the trees, and water when the sun rises. Monet began to work on Morning on the Seine near Giverny in 1896 but the canvas was not still completed until 1897. The reason was because of the inclement weather, he had to patiently wait and scout for the perfect view along the river. Monet then converted his boat into a floating studio which he used to paint the scene depicts how much perfection he wanted in his work. Monet first painted many changing effects of the light when the sun rises in the morning and then lined up all the paintings in his studio to study the color and light and then he completed then together as a series.

Fifteen canvases were shown in 1898; at the Galerie Georges Petit a year later after the painting was finished. Monet traveled several places far north to Norway and far south to Venice. He painted the river seine in Paris, Vetheuil and Argenteuil looking for different motifs but he loved those places only whom he knew completely. Many versions of the canvas were noted for their softness; the color of pinkish mauve, greens and some blue for some rounded shapes.

Monet paintings viewpoint was suspended over the water which gives a feeling to the viewer as if he is weightless and bodiless. Morning on the Seine series was painted over the course of two years from 1896 to 1897 while painting on a floating boat or making a studio on the land. Monet encounters bad weather conditions for several months which delayed the painting for almost two years. After the success of the series, Monet painted another series in 1900 namely Water Lilies series.

The work can be viewed at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


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