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Valley of the Petite Creuse

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The striking effects of Monet's several paintings of the Creuse Valley in central France are achieved through complex, superimposed layers of color, as he combined bold brushstrokes with intricate passages made up of many small touches. Delayed by bad weather while painting his Creuse scenes,...

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Lower left: Claude Monet 89


October 31, 1890, sold by the artist to Durand-Ruel, Paris (stock no. 711) [see note 1]; from Durand-Ruel, Paris to Durand-Ruel, New York (stock no. 776); April 9, 1891, sold by Durand-Ruel, New York to J. Eastman Chase Gallery, Boston, for Clara Bertram Kimball, Boston; by inheritance to her husband, David P. Kimball (d. 1923); 1923, bequest of David P. Kimball to the MFA [see note 2]. (Accession Date: November 1, 1923) NOTES: [1] The provenance given here (through 1891) is taken from a letter from Durand-Ruel, Paris to the MFA (April 18, 1962; in MFA curatorial file). [2] In 1923 David P. Kimball bequeathed forty paintings to the MFA in memory of his wife, Clara Bertram Kimball. He noted in his will that these were "from the collection made by her and bequeathed to me."

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Bequest of David P. Kimball in memory of his wife Clara Bertram Kimball



65.4 x 81.3 cm (25 3/4 x 32 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas