Description Monet moved to Argenteuil, a suburban town on the right bank of the Seine River northwest of Paris, in late December 1871. Many of the types of scenes that he and the other Impressionists favored could be found in this small town, conveniently connected by rail to nearby Paris. In this painting, Monet was less interested in capturing a likeness than in studying how unblended dabs of color could suggest the effect of brilliant sunlight filtered through leaves. During the early 1870s, Monet frequently depicted views of his backyard garden that included his wife, Camille, and their son, Jean. However, when exhibited at the Second Impressionist Exhibition in 1876, this painting was titled more generically, "Woman Reading."
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- The Image Lost and Found. Metropolitan Boston Arts Center, Boston. 1960.
- 2e Exposition de Peinture. Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris. 1876.
- Contrasts in Impressionism. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1942.
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- Paintings by the Impressionists and Post Impressionists. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. 1950.
- Inaugural Exhibition at the Fort Worth Art Center. Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth. 1954.
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Provenance Likely purchased by Paul Durand-Ruel (from the artist), Paris, 1872; purchased by Ernest Hoschedé, 1873; Sale Hoschedé, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, June 5-6, 1878, no. 54. Acquired by Mary Cassatt, ca. 1889; purchased by Henry Walters (through George Lucas as agent), Baltimore, 1903; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions [Signature] Lower right: Claude Monet
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1903
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