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Rouen Cathedral Façade and Tour d'Albane (Morning Effect)

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Monet’s series paintings of the 1890s—multiple variations of a single motif conceived, executed, and exhibited as a group—are among his most inventive and remarkable works. In the winter of 1892 the artist spent several months studying and painting the façade of Rouen Cathedral in his...

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Lower left: Claude Monet 1894


February 1899, possibly sold by the artist to Isidore Montaignac (b. 1851 - d. 1924), Paris [see note 1]; possibly from Montaignac to the American Art Association, New York [see note 2]; April 10, 1900, American Art Association sale, Chickering Hall, New York, lot 62, to Cottier et Cie. for $3100, for Edward Fullerton Milliken (b. 1863 - d. 1906), New York; February 14, 1902, Milliken sale, American Art Association, New York, lot 16, to M. Knoedler and Co., New York for $4000, for Berthe Honoré (Mrs. Palmer) Potter (b. 1849 - d. 1918), Chicago; by descent to her son, Honoré Palmer (b. 1874), Chicago; 1923, sold by Honoré Palmer to Howard Young Galleries, New York (stock no. 2202) [see note 3]; 1924, sold by Howard Young Galleries to the MFA for $11,000. (Accession Date: January 3, 1924) NOTES: [1] According to Daniel Wildenstein, Monet: Catalogue Raisonné (1996), vol. 3, p. 560, cat. no. 1347. [2] Montaignac was a dealer and the Paris correspondent of James Sutton, who co-founded the American Art Association. [3] According to two letters from the Howard Young Galleries to the MFA (January 18, 1924 and January 24, 1940).

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Tompkins Collection—Arthur Gordon Tompkins Fund



106.1 x 73.9 cm (41 3/4 x 29 1/8 in.)

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Oil on canvas