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The Islets at Port-Villez (Les Iles à Port-Villez)

Claude Monet

European Art

Painting from a flat-bottomed studio boat in the manner of Charles-FranÇois Daubigny, Claude Monet captured the effect of shifting light on the river Seine in pastel hues. Here short, hatched strokes suggest the jutting volumes of an island’s foliage, losing definition in the ripples of the river’s reflection. By contrast, Oller always painted the Seine from the river’s banks.

During Oller’s last stay abroad, the effects of light, an evocative quality of individual brushstrokes, and an increased looseness of brushwork came to characterize his painting. These shifts owed in large part to his continued interest in Monet’s works.

Pintando al estilo de Charles-FranÇois Daubigny, desde el taller de un barco de fondo plano, Claude Monet capturó, en tonos pasteles, el efecto de luz cambiante del río Sena. Aquí, las cortas y sombreadas pinceladas evocan los volúmenes sobresalientes del follaje de una isla, perdiendo definición en las olas pequeñas del reflejo del río. Oller, por lo contrario, siempre pintó el Sena desde as orillas del río.

Durante la última estadía de Oller en el exterior, los efectos de luz, una calidad evocadora de pinceladas individuales y una creciente soltura de éstas llegaron a caracterizar su pintura. Estos cambios se debían, en gran medida, a su interés continuo en las obras de Monet.

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
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of Grace Underwood Barton
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    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
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