The National Museum of Western Art

update 31 July 2018

on display Permanent Collection

Claude Monet [Paris, 1840 - Giverny, 1926]

Walk (Road of the Farm Saint-Siméon)

Date1864
Materials/Techniquesoil on canvas
Size (cm)81.6 x 46.4
InscriptionsSigned lower left: Monet
Credit LineMatsukata Collection
Standard ref.Wildenstein 29
CategoryPaintings
Collection NumberP.1959-0147
Walk (Road of the Farm Saint-Siméon)

Monet created this work during his stay from the summer to the fall of 1864 in Honfleur in Normandy with Boudin, Jongkind and Bazille. This work is one of the few extant examples of his early work and was created along the farm road that connects Honfleur with Trouville. Farm buildings appear in the distance on the left of the composition. With its subdued tone and dark brown, green and blue coloration, the composition of the 17th-century Dutch landscapes and the works of the Barbizon school artists. The black silhouettes of the trees and the sparkle of light in the viscous brush work on the road indicate a material sensibility like that of Courbet and Diaz. This work was painted in the work of Monet's painter friend Frédéric Bazille, Studio in Furstenberg Street (1866, Musée d'Orsay, Paris), and Monet may have finished the work in Bazille's studio. Monet painted this same motif many times, and two other versions, one that completely reproduces this composition and another work of the same subject in a horizontal composition, are known. (Source: Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 2009, cat. no.70)

Provenance

Purchased from Monet by Kojiro Matsukata, in May, 1922; Sequestered by the French Government, 1944; Returned to Japan, 1959.

Exhibition History

1924
Exposition Claude Monet, organisée au bénéfice des Victimes de la Catastrophe du Japon, Galeries Georges Petit, Paris, 4 January 1924 - 18 January 1924, cat. no. 29
1925
Die führenden Meister der französischen Kunst im 19. Jahrhundert, Sezession, Wien, 1925 - 1925, cat. no. 35
1949
Landscape in French art, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1949 - 1950, cat. no. 243
1952
Monet, Kunsthaus, Zürich, 1952 - 1952, cat. no. 5
1952
Monet, Dienst voor Schone Kunsten, Den Haag, 1952 - 1952, cat. no. 76
1956
French painting in the 19th century, Moscow, 1956 - 1956
1960
The Masterpieces of the Ex-Matsukata Collection, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 14 May 1960 - 10 July 1960, cat. no. 65
1963
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Ishibashi Museum of Art, Kurume, 26 October 1963 - 10 November 1963, P-205
1963
The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Shimane Prefectural Museum, Matsue, 5 October 1963 - 20 October 1963, P-205
1964
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Nakajima Sports Center of Hokkaido Prefecture, 22 August 1964 - 13 September 1964, cat. no. 9
1968
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of Art, Hiroshima, 26 October 1968 - 17 November 1968, cat. no. 9
1968
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Niigata Prefectural Museum, Niigata, 14 July 1968 - 4 August 1968, cat. no. 9
1969
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Cultural Center of Ibaraki Prefecture, Mito, 22 November 1969 - 21 December 1969, cat. no. 9
1970
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, Nagasaki Prefectural Museum, Nagasaki, 18 October 1970 - 15 November 1970, cat. no. 40
1971
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Toyama Prefectural Center, Museum of Art, Toyama, 2 October 1971 - 24 October 1971, cat. no. 37
1972
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Shinano Museum of Art of Nagano Prefecture, Nagano, 12 October 1972 - 5 November 1972, cat. no. 39
1973
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Cultural Center of Kochi Prefecture, Kochi, 28 October 1973 - 25 November 1973, cat. no. 41
1974
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Cultural Center of Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka, 13 October 1974 - 10 November 1974, cat. no. 40
1974
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Saga Prefectural Museum, Saga, 16 November 1974 - 1 December 1974, cat. no. 40
1975
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Yamagata Museum, Yamagata, 1 November 1975 - 30 November 1975, cat. no. 40
1976
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Tottori Prefectural Museum, Tottori, 9 October 1976 - 7 November 1976, cat. no. 11
1977
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Nara Prefectural Museum, Nara, 15 October 1977 - 13 November 1977, cat. no. 9
1978
European Landscape Painting, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 14 September 1978 - 26 October 1978, cat. no. 73, repr.
1978
Frederic Bazille and early impressionism, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 1978 - 1978, cat. no. 70, repr.
1982
Monet, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 9 October 1982 - 28 November 1982, cat. no. 1
1991
The Rise of Landscape Painting in France: Corot to Monet, The Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, 29 January 1991 - 28 April 1991, IBM Gallery of Science and Art, New York, 30 July-28 September 1991; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, 10 November 1991-5January 1992, cat. no. 93, col. repr.
1994
Monet: A Retrospective, Hiroshima Museum of Art, 18 June 1994 - 31 July 1994, cat. no. 2, col. repr.
1997
Expressiveness of Materials, National Museum of Art, Osaka, 17 April 1997 - 22 June 1997, cat. no, 25
2004
Japan and Paris: Impressionism, Post Impressionism, and the Modern Era, Honolulu Academy of Arts, 8 April 2004 - 6 June 2004, cat. no. 9
2009
La Sombra, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, 10 February 2009 - 17 May 2009, cat. no. 55, col. repr.
2013
Monet, An Eye for Landscapes: Innovation in 19th Century French Landscape Paintings, Pola Museum of Art, 13 July 2013 - 24 November 2013, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 7 December 2013–9 March 2014, cat. no. 1, col. repr.
2015
L'estuaire de la Seine: L'invention d'un paysage, Hiroshima Museum of Art, Hiroshima, 28 February 2015 - 12 April 2015, cat. no. 32, col. repr.
2016
Frédéric Bazille (1841-1870) and the Birth of Impressionism, Musée Fabre, Montpellier, 25 June 2016 - 16 October 2016, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, 15 November-5 March 2017, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 9 April-9 July, cat. no. 112, col. repr.

Bibliography

1955
La Collection Matsukata, Tokyo, Asahi- Shimbun, 1955 (Japanese), no, 54, repr.
1961
Catalogue du Musée National d'Art Occidental, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1961 (Préface and Catalogue Général in Japanese and French), P-205.
1968
Annual bulletin of the National Museum of Western Art. No. 2 (1967), 1968, Nakayama, Kimio, preface; Kuroe, Mitsuhiko, catalogue. Claude Monet dans les collections japonais., p. 4, no. 1, repr.
1971
Les cent chefs-d'œuvre du Musée National d'Art Occidental. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1971 (Japanese), no. 47, repr.
1974
Wildenstein, D. Claude Monet, biographie et catalogue raisonné. tome 1, Lausanne/ Paris, 1974, p. 132, no. 29, repr.; tome 5, 1991, pp. 21, 215 (lettre no. 3061).
1975
Les cent chefs-d'œuvre du Musée National d'Art Occidental. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1975 (Japanese), no. 30, repr.
1978
Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1978 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 38, repr.
1979
The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo: Catalogue of Paintings. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1979, no. 187, repr.
1990
The Old Matsukata Collection. Kobe City Museum, ed. Kobe, "Matsukata Korekushon Ten" Jikkoiinkai, 1990, cat. no. 1063.
1996
Wildenstein, Daniel. Monet: Catalogue raisonné. vol. 2, Cologne, Taschen, 1996, p. 20, cat. no. 29, repr. color.

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