The Islets at Port-Villez (Les Iles à Port-Villez)
Throughout his sixty-year painting career, Monet captured the shifting light and color of the Seine River, often from a flat-bottomed studio boat as seen here. In this painting, Monet brushes dawn’s pastel hues in short, hatched strokes to suggest the jutting volumes of an island’s foliage, a texture that loses definition in the ripples of the Seine’s reflection. The broad expanses of prepared but unpainted canvas in this work suggest that it served as an initial, unfinished study for his later paintings of the river.
- Artist: Claude Monet, French, 1840-1926
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Place Made: France
- Dates: 1897
- Dimensions: 32 3/16 x 39 3/4 in. (81.8 x 101 cm) frame: 41 5/8 x 49 1/4 x 4 7/8 in. (105.7 x 125.1 x 12.4 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed and dated lower left: "Claude Monet 97"
- Collections:European Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 68.48.2
- Credit Line: Bequest of Grace Underwood Barton
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926). The Islets at Port-Villez (Les Iles à Port-Villez), 1897. Oil on canvas, 32 3/16 x 39 3/4 in. (81.8 x 101 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Grace Underwood Barton, 68.48.2
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)