The MFA boasts one of the largest collections of the celebrated Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s work outside France. Our newly installed Gallery 252 is dedicated to Monet, providing an immersive experience of his work from the MFA’s permanent collection and select loans from private collections. Early plein-air compositions from the 1870s include Meadow with Poplars (about 1875) and Camille Monet and a Child in the Artist’s Garden in Argenteuil (1875)—their vivid, light-filled canvases are perfect examples of his dazzling use of color and varied brushwork at this period. A grouping of works related to his life-long appreciation for Japanese art and culture is anchored by La Japonaise (Camille Monet in Japanese Costume) (1876), a full-length portrayal of his wife Camille in a lavishly embroidered kimono. The gallery also highlights his series paintings of the 1890’s; featured here are two of Rouen Cathedral and two of his famous Water Lilies.
Above: Claude Monet, Morning on the Seine, near Giverny, 1897. Oil on canvas. Gift of Mrs. W. Scott Fitz.