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Meadow at Giverny

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"Meadow at Giverny" does not have an obvious focal point: no figure, structure, or natural feature attracts the viewer's attention. The high-keyed palette and, especially, the insistence on pattern further contribute to our sense of it as a decorative painting, in the best sense of the term -...

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Inscription

Lower right: Claude Monet

Provenance

1898, purchased from the artist by Galerie Georges Petit, Bernheim-Jeune, and Montaignac, Paris (?). With Jos Hessel, Paris. By 1914, Alexandre Berthier, Prince de Wagram (d. 1918), Paris; April 14, 1914, sold by Berthier to Durand-Ruel, Paris, (stock no. 10519); November 11, 1915, transferred from Durand-Ruel, Paris, to Durand-Ruel, New York (stock no. 3897); March 20; 1916, sold by Durand-Ruel, New York, to Hannah Marcy Edwards (d. 1929), Boston; 1929, by inheritance to Grace M. Edwards (d. 1938), Boston; 1939, bequest of Hannah M. Edwards to the MFA [see note 1]. (Accession Date: October 11, 1939) NOTES: [1] Siblings Robert (d. 1924), Hannah (d. 1929), and Grace (d. 1938) Edwards were each collectors of art, who seemed to have had joint ownership of the objects in their possession. When Robert died, he bequeathed his collection to the MFA in memory of their mother, Juliana Cheney Edwards. In 1925, after his death, part of his collection was acquired by the Museum, and the remainder went to his sisters, with the understanding that the objects would ultimately be left to the MFA in the collection begun in memory of their mother. The collections of Hannah and Grace were left to the MFA in 1939, following Grace's death. It is not always possible to determine exactly which paintings each sibling had owned.

Credit Line

Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection

1886

Dimensions

92.1 x 81.6 cm (36 1/4 x 32 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

39.670

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Collections

Europe

Classifications

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