Impressionism, a historical reconstruction:
Claude Monet (1840-1926)
An Impression of his paintings
at the first ‘impressionist’ exposition in 1874
On this page you will find on impression of the pictures that were shown by Claude Monet at the 1st ‘impressionist’ exposition of 1874.
Monet exhibited 12 paintings (catalogue numbers 95-103). Famous is his ‘Impression, soleil levant’ (no.98). It was Castagnary (1874/04/29) who connected this painting to the term Impressionism (R87,p265;R90I,p17) and not Leroy (1874/04/25) as Rewald suggests in his famous ‘History of Impressionism’ (R1,p309+323;R87,p260;R90I,p26). Famous also is his ‘Boulevard des Capucines’ (no.97). The exposition was held at no. 35 of this Boulevard (see). Monet exhibited his version that is now in the Puskin museum in Moscow and not the one that is now in the Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City, what previously has been thought (R87,p243). What is less known, is that Monet also exhibited 7 pastels. They all had no title and were not reviewed, so it is impossible to identify them. Still, I render 7 pastels to give an impression.
Note: If you double click on the first picture and then click on full screen, you can create a slideshow. Enjoy!
For an account of my choices (with references, info, discussion, location on Google-maps) see here. My main sources are Moffett (=R2), Dayez (=R87), Berson (R90II) and Wildenstein (R22). Often the indentification of a painting is ‘uncertain’. Sometimes to ‘compare’ another picture is given that is (probably) similar to the painting that was exhibited. For explanation of the subscriptions, see here. My main sources for the pictures are the-athenaeum.org (=iR2) and art-monet.com (=iR51). Sometimes I forgot the source (=iRx). See for the other sources at the bottom of the main page on Claude Monet.
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