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Rising Tide at Pourville (Marée montante à Pourville)

Claude Monet

European Art

On View: Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Gallery, 4th Floor
Surging Seas

Throughout his career Claude Monet depicted France’s English Channel coastline. In works such as Rising Tide at Pourville,
he combined keen observation with Impressionism’s subjective use of color and light effects.

Henrik Willem Mesdag also painted churning waters, of the nearby North Sea. Here, a small ship with wind-torn sails is tossed by massive, white-capped waves. The broad expanse of water, almost matching the tone of the sky, dramatizes nature’s mighty power.

While summering at Étretat, the Realist painter Gustave Courbet was drawn to nature in an unbridled state, capturing a wave breaking at high tide. He wrote to the poet Victor Hugo: "The sea! The sea! . . . in her fury which growls, she reminds me of the caged monster who can devour me."
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1882
    DIMENSIONS 26 x 32 in. (66 x 81.3cm) Frame: 35 x 41 1/4 x 4 in. (88.9 x 104.8 x 10.2 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed and dated lower right: "82 Claude Monet"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Gallery, 4th Floor
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Horace O. Havemeyer
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    CAPTION Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926). Rising Tide at Pourville (Marée montante à Pourville), 1882. Oil on canvas, 26 x 32 in. (66 x 81.3cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Horace O. Havemeyer, 41.1260 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 41.1260_edited_version_SL1.jpg)
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