The National Museum of Western Art

update 11 August 2020

Currently not on display

Claude Monet [Paris, 1840 - Giverny, 1926]

Peony Garden

Date1887
Materials/Techniquesoil on canvas
Size (cm)65.3 x 100
InscriptionsSigned and dated lower left: Claude Monet 87
Credit LineMatsukata Collection
Standard ref.Wildenstein 1140; M778
CategoryPaintings
Collection NumberP.1959-0153
Peony Garden

Provenance

Purchased possibly from the artist by Kojiro Matsukata, Kobe, ca. December 1921 [see letter from Léonce Bénédite to (Claude Monet), dated 11 December 1921, in the Bibliothèque centrale des musées nationaux, Paris (copy in NMWA curatorial file)]; sequestered by French government, 1944; vested in French government under San Francisco Peace Treaty, 1952; transferred from French to Japanese government, 23 January 1959; entered into NMWA, April 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. 12
1960
The Masterpieces of the Ex-Matsukata Collection, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 14 May 1960 - 10 July 1960, cat. no. 72
1997
The Window of the Mind: Evolution of Modern Painting, The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, 15 January 1997 - 16 February 1994, Karatsu City Library and Kawamura Art Museum, 22 February-23 March, cat. no. 73, col. repr.
2011
The Locus of Art: Aesthetics of Seiro Mayekawa from Dürer to Tsune Nakamura, Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, 3 September 2011 - 10 October 2011, cat. no. 6, 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. 73, col. repr.
2019
The Matsukata Collection: A One-Hundred-Year Odyssey: Upon the 60th Anniversary of the NMWA, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 11 June 2019 - 23 September 2019, cat. no. 108, col. repr.

Bibliography

1959
Mizue: a monthly review of the fine arts. no. 656, December 1959, p. 21. repr, detail.
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-211.
1968
Annual bulletin of the National Museum of Western Art. No. 2, 1968, p. 11, no. 15, repr.
1972
Bortolatto, L. R. L'opera completa di Claude Monet, 1870-1889. Milano, 1972, p. 108, no. 310, repr.
1979
Wildenstein, D. Claude Monet, biographie et catalogue raisonné. tome 3, Lausanne/ Paris, 1979, pp. 94, 95, repr.; tome 5, 1991, pp. 45, 215 (lettre no. 3061).
1979
The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo: Catalogue of Paintings. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1979, no. 193, repr.
1990
The Old Matsukata Collection. Kobe City Museum, ed. Kobe, "Matsukata Korekushon Ten" Jikkoiinkai, 1990, cat. no. 1069.
1996
Wildenstein, Daniel. Monet: Catalogue raisonné. vol. 3, Cologne, Taschen, 1996, pp. 431-432, cat. no. 1140, repr. color.
2018
The Matsukata Collection: Complete Catalogue of the European Art. Kawaguchi, Masako; Jingaoka, Megumi, eds. vol. 1: Paintings, Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 2018, cat. no. 778, col. repr.

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