The National Museum of Western Art

update 19 March 2016

on display Permanent Collection

Claude Monet [Paris, 1840 - Giverny, 1926]

On the Boat

Date1887
Materials/Techniquesoil on canvas
Size (cm)145.5 x 133.5
InscriptionsSigned and dated lower left: Claude Monet 1887
Credit LineMatsukata Collection
CategoryPaintings
Collection NumberP.1959-0148
On the Boat

Monet painted several images of his family boating along the Epte River, just before he finally settled in Giverny. This work is one of the most highly finished of a series of paintings entitled Boating. The blue and rose coloration that suffuses the scene contrasts with the freshness of green and vermilion to create a rich, dreamlike figural image. The figures shown are Suzanne and Blanche, two of Mrs. Hoschedé's children. The composition of boldly slicing the boat in half indicates Monet's study of the art of photography and Japanese ukiyoe prints.

Provenance

Kojiro Matsukata, 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. 10
1948
Gli impressionisti alla XXIV Biennale di Venezia, Venezia, 1948 - 1948, cat. no. 7
1952
Monet, Dienst voor Schone Kunsten, Den Haag, 1952 - 1952, cat. no. 55
1952
Monet, Kunsthaus, Zürich, 1952 - 1952, cat. no. 71
1958
Paysages de France, Musée de Rouen, 1958 - 1958, cat. no. 136
1960
The Masterpieces of the Ex-Matsukata Collection, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 14 May 1960 - 10 July 1960, cat. no. 71, repr.
1962
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Art Gallery of Aichi Prefecture, Nagoya, 17 November 1962 - 9 December 1962, cat. no. 36 (当館記録による)
1962
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Hakutsuru Museum, Kobe, 20 October 1962 - 5 November 1962, P-206
1963
The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Shimane Prefectural Museum, Matsue, 5 October 1963 - 20 October 1963, P-206
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-206
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. 11
1965
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, Kanazawa, 22 September 1965 - 10 October 1965, cat. no. 8
1965
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Cultural Center of Okayama Prefecture, Okayama, 20 October 1965 - 7 November 1965, cat. no. 8
1966
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Cultural Center of Oita Prefecture, Oita, 12 November 1966 - 27 November 1966, cat. no. 7
1966
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Wakayama Prefectural Museum of Art, Wakayama, 15 October 1966 - 4 November 1966, cat. no. 7
1967
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Kagoshima Municipal Museum of Art, 28 April 1967 - 21 May 1967, 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. 11
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. 11
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. 11
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. 42
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. 39
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. 41
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. 43
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. 42
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. 42
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. 42
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. 11
1978
[Tour Exhibition] Masterpieces from the National Museum of Western Art, The Art Center of Oita Prefecture, Oita, 20 December 1978 - 31 January 1979, cat. no. 11
1979
French paintings at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century in Japanese collections, Hermitage, Leningrad, 1979 - 1979, Vilnius Museum, Vilnius; Puschkin Museum, Moscow, 1979, cat. no. 4, col. repr.
1982
Monet, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 9 October 1982 - 28 November 1982, cat. no. 35
1983
Claude Monet at the time of Giverny, Centre Culturel du Marais, 6 April 1983 - 31 July 1983, cat. no. 18, repr. color.
1988
Japonisme, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, 17 May 1988 - 15 August 1988, cat. no. 248, col. repr.
1995
Claude Monet 1840-1926, The Art Institute of Chicago, 22 July 1995 - 26 November 1995, cat. no. 93, col. repr.
1996
The Crossing Visions: European and Modern Japanese Art from the Collections of The National Museum of Western Art & The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 20 July 1996 - 8 September 1996, cat. no. 7
2000
Tanka at the National Museum of Western Art: An Encounter between Poet and Art, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 25 July 2000 - 29 October 2000, cat. no. 39
2007
Monet: l'art de Monet et sa postérité, The National Art Center, Tokyo, 7 April 2007 - 2 July 2007, cat. no. 46, 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. 71, col. repr.

Bibliography

1927
Duc Édouard de Trévise. Le pèlerinage de Giverny. Revue de l'Art ancien et moderne. tome 1, 1927, p. 49, repr.
1955
La Collection Matsukata, Tokyo, Asahi- Shimbun, 1955 (Japanese), no. 15, col. repr.
1959
Zusetsu Sekai Bunkashi Taikei.vol. 10, Tokyo, Kadokawa Shoten, 1959, pp. 145-146, col. repr.
1959
Mizue: a monthly review of the fine arts. no. 656, December 1959, p. 28, repr.
1961
Tominaga, Soichi. Inshouha no Gaka tachi. Sekai Bijyutsu Zenshu. vol. 36, Tokyo, Kadokawa Shoten, 1961, p. 181, pl. 30.
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-206.
1968
Annual bulletin of the National Museum of Western Art. No. 2, 1968, p. 11, no. 16, repr.
1971
Les cent chefs-d'œuvre du Musée National d'Art Occidental. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1971 (Japanese), no. 49, repr.
1972
Bortolatto, L. R. L'opera completa di Claude Monet, 1870-1889. Milano, 1972, p. 108, no. 316, repr.
1972
Rouart, D.; Rey, J. D. Monet Nymphéas. Paris, 1972, pp. 56-57, repr.
1973
Tanaka, Hidemichi. L'inspiration artistique de Nymphéas de Monet. Bulletin Annuel du Musée National d’Art Occidental. No.6 (1971), 1973, pp. 33- 43.
1975
Les cent chefs-d'œuvre du Musée National d'Art Occidental. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1975 (Japanese), no. 33, repr.
1978
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1979
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1979
The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo: Catalogue of Paintings. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1979, no. 189, repr.
1985
Stuckey, Charles F. Monet: A Retrospective. New York, 1985, p. 152, repr. color.
1990
The Old Matsukata Collection. Kobe City Museum, ed. Kobe, "Matsukata Korekushon Ten" Jikkoiinkai, 1990, cat. no. 1064.
1993
Alphant, Marianne. Claude Monet: Une vie dans le paysage. Paris, Hazan, 1993, p. 371.
1994
Levine, Steven Z. Monet, Narcissus, and Self-reflection: The Modernist Myth of the Self. Chicago, 1994, pp. 128, 131, 212, 277, fig. 67.
1996
Wildenstein, Daniel. Monet: Catalogue raisonné. vol. 3, Cologne, Taschen, 1996, p. 436, cat. no. 1152, repr. color.
2013
Masterpieces: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The Western Art Foundation, 2013 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 87, col. repr.

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