Valley of the Creuse (Gray Day)

1889
Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926)


Dimensions

65.5 x 81.2 cm (25 13/16 x 31 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

06.115

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

On View

Lorna and Robert Rosenberg Gallery (Gallery 252)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Paintings

One of the first Monets to join the MFA collection, this view into the valley of the River Creuse in France’s Massif Central region demonstrates the artist’s revolutionary use of color—deep purples, reds, and blues—to evoke three-dimensional shape and shadow. Monet’s fascination with instantaneity and the changing effects of light and weather led him to return again and again to paint the same location under varying conditions.

Inscription

Lower left: Claude Monet 89

Provenance

1891, from the artist to Durand-Ruel, New York, NY and Paris, France; 1891, Denman Waldo Ross, Cambridge, MA, from Durand-Ruel; 1906, gift of Ross. (Accession Date: March 8, 1906)

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection