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In the Valley of the Seine

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Breck was an innovator of the American Impressionist movement and one of the first American painters to travel to Giverny, the small village in Normandy where Claude Monet, the master of French Impressionist landscape painting, had settled in 1883. Breck worked there with four of his compatriots...

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Signed lower right: J L Breck


About 1889, the artist; 1899, by inheritance to the artist's mother, Ellen Frances Newell Breck Rice; by 1900, by descent to the artist's only brother, Edward Breck, Esq., New York [1]; 1925, by descent to his oldest daughter, Ellen ("Nelly") Breck (Mrs. Forrest) Macnee; by descent to her husband, Forrest Macnee; 1962, by inheritance to his daughter, Ellen Frances Macnee (Mrs. Timothy) Coggeshall; 1980, by descent to her daughter, Caroline Coggeshall (the artist's great great niece); 2009, sold by Caroline Coggeshall to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 25, 2009) [1] Edward Breck listed as owner in 1900 Memorial Exhibition.

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Museum purchase with funds donated by exchange from the John Pickering Lyman Collection—Gift of Miss Theodora Lyman, Gift of Mrs. Albert J. Beveridge, The Hayden Collection—Charles Henry Hayden Fund, Bequest of Maxim Karolik, Bequest of Alice Dodge Wolfson Herling, Gift of Alfred I. du Pont, and the Charles H. Bayley Picture and Painting Fund

about 1889


Overall: 70.8 x 130.2 cm (27 7/8 x 51 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas