The National Museum of Western Art

update 15 December 2017

on display Permanent Collection

Claude Monet [Paris, 1840 - Giverny, 1926]

Morning on the Seine

Date1898
Materials/Techniquesoil on canvas
Size (cm)73 x 91.5
InscriptionsSigned and dated lower left: Claude Monet 98
Credit LinePurchased
Standard ref.Wildenstein 1499
CategoryPaintings
Collection NumberP.1965-0004
Morning on the Seine

Monet woke up early in the morning to create the "The Seine in the Morning" series during the years 1896-97. The series is known for its introduction of a decorative effect and the numerous colors used in their depiction of the misty Seine river near Giverny on summer mornings. This work, like the others in the "The Seine in the Morning"series, was painted a set time in the morning from a particular spot along the Seine. Willows float along the surface of the river and waves wash over clumps of grass as the changing forms of nature resonate in Monet's vibrant brush strokes. The movements of the brush which mimic the wind moving amongst branches, leaves and waves also directly convey the tension of Monet's attempts to capture the moving forms of nature in a single instant. (Source: Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 2009, cat. no.76)

Provenance

Kiichi Mimura, Ashiya, Japan.

Exhibition History

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. 12
1981
Impressionists in Japan, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, 25 October 1981 - 29 November 1981, cat. no. 6, repr.
1985
Permanent exhibition, Ohara Museum of Art, 20 March 1985 - 20 July 1985
1986
Renoir et les impressionnistes, Hokkaido Hakodate Museum of Art, 23 September 1986 - 3 November 1986, cat. no. 7, col. repr.
1986
Claude Monet, Museo Español de Arte Contemporáneo, Madrid, 29 April 1986 - 30 June 1986, cat. no. 93, col. repr.
1988
Paintings by French Artists from the late 19th to early 20th Century in Japanese Collections, The State Puskin Museum, Moscow, 12 January 1988 - 10 February 1988, The State Hermitage Museum, Leningrad, 16 February-24 March, cat. no. 10
1990
Monet in the 90’s: The Series Paintings, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 7 February 1990 - 29 April 1990, cat. no. 84, repr. color., The Art Institute of Chicago, 19 May 1990 - 12 August 1990, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 7 September 1990 - 9 December 1990
1991
[Tour Exhibition] The French Modern Art, from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, The Hachinohe City Museum of Art, 28 September 1991 - 27 October 1991, cat. no. 6
1992
[Tour Exhibition] The French Modern Art, from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, The Urasoe Art Museum, 3 November 1992 - 7 December 1992, cat. no. 6
1994
Monet: A Retrospective, Hiroshima Museum of Art, 18 June 1994 - 31 July 1994, cat. no. 63, col. repr.
1997
Resonating Love and Life: European Art from National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, The Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Nagaoka, 12 April 1997 - 18 May 1997, cat. no. 20
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. 40
2006
Monet in Normandy, Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 17 June 2006 - 17 September 2006, North Carolina Museum of Art, 15 October 2006-14 January 2007, cat. no. 55, col. repr.
2008
Exhibition, Randers Museum, Denmark, 1 September 2008 - 31 December 2008
2010
Monet and the Artists of Giverny: The Beginning of American Impressionism, The Bunkamura Museum of Art, 7 December 2010 - 17 February 2011, The Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art, 2011年2月25日-4月10日, cat. no. 8, 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. 65, col. repr.

Bibliography

1932
Yashiro, Yukio. Seiyo kindai kaiga tenrankai ni tsuite. Bijyutsu kenkyu. no. 9, September 1932, pp. 1-25.
1942
Garon. no. 6, February, 1942 , col. repr.
1967
Annual bulletin of the National Museum of Western Art. No. 1, 1967, Catalogue of the New Acquisitions. pp. 20-21, no. P-345. repr.
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. Catalogue of the New Acquisitions. pp. 17-18, no. 27, col. repr. p. 51.
1971
Les cent chefs-d'œuvre du Musée National d'Art Occidental. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1971 (Japanese), no. 53, repr.
1975
Les cent chefs-d'œuvre du Musée National d'Art Occidental. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1975 (Japanese), no. 37, 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. 44, repr.
1979
Wildenstein, Daniel. Claude Monet, biographie et catalogue raisonné. tome 3, Lausanne/ Paris, 1979, p. 218, no. 1499, repr (as "Matinée sur la Seine, temps de pluie"); tome 5, 1991, p. 51.
1979
The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo: Catalogue of paintings. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1979, no. 198, repr.
1990
Tucker, Paul, Hayes. Monet in the '90s: The Series Paintings. Boston/ New Haven/ London, 1990, pp. 233, 244, repr.
1996
Wildenstein, Daniel. Monet: Catalogue raisonné. vol. 3, Cologne, Taschen, 1996, p. 631, cat. no. 1499, repr. color.

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