Antibes, Afternoon Effect

Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926)


66 x 82.5 cm (26 x 32 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Out on Loan

On display at Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Japan, February 18, 2018 – July 1, 2018





“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


June 4, 1888, sold by the artist to Boussoud, Valadon et Cie., Paris (stock no. 19300); June 27, 1888, sold by Boussod, Valadon et Cie. to Madame Ellissen (probably Hortense Halfon Ellissen, b. 1858 - d. 1932), Paris [see note 1]. 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)

[1] Getty Provenance Index, Goupil et Cie. records, PI Record No. G-28791 (stock book 12, no. 19300, p. 70).

[2] He lent the painting to "An Exhibition of Paintings by Claude Monet" (Boston, St. Botolph Club, March 28 - April 9, 1892), cat. no. 14.

Credit Line

Gift of Samuel Dacre Bush