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© The Frick Collection
© The Frick Collection
Claude-Oscar Monet  (1840−1926)
Vétheuil in Winter, 1878−79
Oil on canvas
27 x 35 3/8 in. (68.6 x 89.9 cm)
Purchased by The Frick Collection, 1942
Accession number: 1942.1.146
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Commentary: In 1878 Monet moved down the Seine from Argenteuil to Vétheuil, a small town on a bend in the river. Over the next few years he would paint Vétheuil from different points of view and in every season, as seen from the riverbanks, from the meadows, and from a boat he had arranged as a kind of floating studio. It was during the winter of 1878/79 that Monet executed this picture, looking back across the ice floes of the Seine toward Vétheuil’s medieval church tower. On December 12, 1879, Dr. de Bellio, an avid collector of Monet’s work, wrote to the artist that this was one canvas that would never leave his possession.

Source: Art in The Frick Collection: Paintings, Sculpture, Decorative Arts, New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1996.
Collections: Emile Staub-Terlinden, Männedorf, Switzerland. In the late 1930's consigned to Wildenstein by Staub-Terlinden's widow. Wildenstein. Frick, 1942. [From Getty Provenance: By 1913 (?), still in 1938 (?), Emile Staub-Terlinden, Männedorf, Switzerland.]

Source: Paintings in The Frick Collection: French, Italian and Spanish. Volume II. New York: The Frick Collection, 1968.

Updated by the Curatorial Department in August 2009.