Boulevard Saint-Denis, Argenteuil, in Winter
Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926)
Country of Origin, for Customs, France
Wildenstein 1996, no. 357a
60.9 x 81.6 cm (24 x 32 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Oil on canvas
Sidney and Esther Rabb Gallery (Gallery 255)
The Impressionist interest in specific effects of light and weather is evident in Monet's rendering of the exact moment in which the sun struggles to break through a light snowfall. He made a preparatory sketch for this painting; clearly, careful deliberation lay behind his seemingly spontaneous technique. The subject of falling snow and the figures with umbrellas are reminiscent of Japanese woodblock prints, which had a strong influence on Impressionist artists.
Lower right: Claude Monet 90
By 1888, Henri Kapferer, Paris [see note 1]; July 17, 1888, sold by Kapferer to Durand-Ruel, Paris (stock no. 1688) [see note 2]; September 25, 1890, sold by Durand-Ruel to Joseph Foxcroft Cole (b. 1837 - d. 1892) for Peter Chardon Brooks (b. 1831 - d. 1920), Boston; by descent to his daughter, Eleanor Brooks (Mrs. Richard M.) Saltonstall, Boston [see note 3]; by descent to her son, Richard Saltonstall (b. 1897 - d. 1982), Boston; 1978, gift of Richard Saltonstall to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 10, 1978) NOTES:  According to notes in the MFA curatorial file, Kapferer might have acquired this directly from the artist.  The provenance information given here (between 1888 and 1890) is taken from Daniel Wildenstein, "Monet: catalogue raisonné" (1996), vol. 2, p. 148, cat. no. 357a.  She first lent this painting to the MFA in 1920.
Gift of Richard Saltonstall