Woodgatherers at the Edge of the Forest

about 1863
Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926)


59.7 x 90.2 cm (23 1/2 x 35 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oil on panel

On View

Frances Vrachos Gallery (Gallery 144)





Although his early views of Normandy’s ports and beaches depicted light in the fractured manner that Monet was to perfect later in his career, this inland landscape of the same period is greatly simplified, its effects flattened and almost schematic. Monet used choppy, broad strokes of color and juxtaposed warm browns and greens against the blue of the sky, thus recalling the boldly painted landscapes of earlier artists like Courbet.


Lower right: C. Monet


Amanté, Paris [see note 1]. By 1961, A. and R. Ball, New York [see note 2]. Harold Kaplan, Boston; 1968, gift of Harold Kaplan to the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA; 1968, sold by Rose Art Museum to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 12, 1974)

[1] Daniel Wildenstein, "Claude Monet: Biographie et catalogue raisonné," vol. 1, 1840-1881 (Paris, 1974), p. 128, cat. no. 18.

[2] John Rewald, "The History of Impressionism" (New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1961), p. 97.

Credit Line

Henry H. and Zoe Oliver Sherman Fund