Antibes, Afternoon Effect
Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926)
66 x 82.5 cm (26 x 32 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Oil on canvas
Sidney and Esther Rabb Gallery (Gallery 255)
“I am painting the town of Antibes,” Monet wrote to his companion, Alice Hoschedé, in January, 1888, “a little fortified town all golden in the sun that stands out against beautiful blue and pink mountains and the eternally snow-capped range of the Alps.” Monet’s stay at Antibes, between Nice and Cannes on the French Riviera, lasted from January to May, allowing him to avoid the dreariest months of the year in Northern France and to satisfy his dealer’s appetite for idyllic, sun-drenched seascapes.
Lower left: Claude Monet 88
1888, possibly sold by the artist to Boussod, Valadon et Cie., Paris [see note 1]. 1888, possibly Mme. Ellissen, Paris. Boussoud, Valadon et Cie., New York. By 1892, Samuel Dacre Bush (b. 1849 - d. after 1931), Boston [see note 2]; 1927, gift of Samuel Dacre Bush to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 1, 1927) NOTES:  The provenance given here is taken from Daniel Wildenstein, "Monet: catalogue raisonné" (1996), vol. 3, cat. no. 1158. This may be identical to a painting exhibited by Boussod, Valadon et Cie. in 1888.  He lent the painting to "An Exhibition of Paintings by Claude Monet" (Boston, St. Botolph Club, March 28 - April 9, 1892), cat. no. 14.
Gift of Samuel Dacre Bush