The Seine at Chatou

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841–1919)


73.3 x 92.4 cm (28 7/8 x 36 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

On View

Polly B. and Richard D. Hill Gallery (Gallery 253)





Renoir renders this radiant landscape of the Seine just west of Paris with carefully differentiated brushwork, from the long, feathery strokes of the waving grasses to small, thick touches for the flowering trees. Renoir wrote to a friend at the time of the painting, “I’m struggling with trees in flower, with women and children, and I don’t want to look at anything else.”


Lower right: Renoir


August 25, 1891, sold by the artist to Durand-Ruel, Paris (stock no. 1326) [see note 1]; from Durand-Ruel, Paris to Durand-Ruel, New York (stock no. 1324); January 26, 1900, sold by Durand-Ruel, New York to Mrs. Blair. 1901, J. M. Sehley, New York [see note 2]; March 4, 1901, sold by J. M. Sehley to Durand-Ruel, New York (stock no. 2511); March 5, 1906, sold by Durand-Ruel to Arthur Brewster Emmons (b. 1850 - d. 1922), Newport, R.I., and New York; 1919, gift of Arthur Brewster Emmons to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 11, 1919)

[1] The provenance was provided in a letter from Durand-Ruel, Paris to the MFA (January 4, 1962; in MFA curatorial file).

[2] In the letter of 1962 (see above, n. 1), Durand-Ruel identified this collector only as "Mr. Sehley"; notes in the MFA curatorial file, however, identify him as J. M. Sehley of New York. It is possible that this was not, in fact, a Mr. Sehley, but James Montfort Schley (b. 1852 - d. 1924), a prominent New York physician.

Credit Line

Gift of Arthur Brewster Emmons