Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Art: Bathing at La Grenouillere by Claude Monet

Bathing at La Grenouillere

Oil on white primed canvas
28 3/4 x 36 1/4 in. (73 x 92 cm.)

La Grenouillere was a riverside bathing and boating resort, popular among weekend trippers during the Second Empire (1852-1870) and after. It had a floating restaurant which is seen in another of the paintings executed by Monet during his two-month stay there in the late summer of 1869, and it appears in similar works by Renoir often painted sitting alongside Monet. The resort was situated on the Ile de Croissy, facing the left bank of the Seine.

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I love the 19th century swimming costumes depicted here.


Helen said...

This is an interesting one Sally. I'm pretty sure I haven't seen it before.

Sally said...

Hi Helen

Watch out over the next few days; I'm doing a series on swimming in art!

I'm pretty sure I have seen this painting, and then some exploration on the net showed me it was in the exhibition at the Australian National Gallery "Monet & Japan" a few years back. The lender was the National Gallery in London, and I am sure I have also seen it there!