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

Not On View

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

April 2, 1891, sold by the artist to Durand-Ruel et Cie., Paris (stock no. 901); transferred to Durand-Ruel, New York (stock no. 821); December 4, 1891, sold by Durand-Ruel, New York to Denman Waldo Ross (b. 1853 - d. 1935), Cambridge, MA [see note 1]; 1906, gift of Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 8, 1906)

NOTES:
[1] Information about the Durand-Ruel transactions was provided by Durand-Ruel in a letter to the MFA (1962).

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection