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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1972.31
People
Claude Monet, French (Paris, France 1840 - 1926 Giverny, France)
Title
Gorge of the Petit Ailly, Varengeville
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Gorge du Petit-Ailly (Varengeville)/ House of the Customs Officer, Varengeville
Former Title: La Cabane du Douanier
Former Title: La Gorge de Varengeville
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
1897
Culture
French
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/228061
Location
Level 2, Room 2700, European and American Art, 19th century, Impressionism and the Late Nineteenth Century
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
65.7 x 92.7 cm (25 7/8 x 36 1/2 in.)
framed: 83.5 x 110.5 x 6.7 cm (32 7/8 x 43 1/2 x 2 5/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.l.: Claude Monet 97
  • inscription: vertical stretcher bar, black chalk: c47
  • incipit: vertical stretcher bar, black chalk: ET116
  • inscription: left stretcher bar, bottom, black chalk: DR [likely for Durand-Ruel]
  • inscription: right strecher bar, bottom, black ink: [illeg.] 62
  • label: middle stretcher bar: [remnants of labels and adhesive]
  • inscription: middle stetcher bar, left: Ph 1127 [Durand-Ruel photo number]
  • inscription: middle stretcher bar, right: Ph 1127 [double underline] [Durand-Ruel photo number]
  • stamp: top right stretcher bar: Douanes Francaises Pa... [partially illegible] [round]
  • stamp: middle stretcher bar, right: Douanes Francaises Pa... [partially illegible] [round]
  • stamp: verso top right on canvas: Douanes Francaises Pa... [partially illegible] [round]
  • stamp: verso, top right on canvas: Douanes Francaises Pa... [partially illegible] [round]
Provenance
Claude Monet, (1897-1898), sold; to [Durand-Ruel, Paris and New York, November 1898], sold; to unknown collector, Paris, 1946 [1]. Mr. W. Ward and Mrs. Ella Milbank Foshay, New York, gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1972.

Notes:
[1] Durand-Ruel has no record to whom it was sold to but the painting was in their possession as stock no. 4839 between 1898 and 1946.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Ella Milbank Foshay
Accession Year
1972
Object Number
1972.31
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Gustave Geffroy, Claude Monet, sa vie et son oeuvre, G. Crès et Cie (Paris, France, 1924), vol. II, pp. 93-94

Steven Z. Levine, "Monet's 'Cabane du Douanier' ", Fogg Art Museum Annual Report 1971-1972, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1973), pp. 32-44, repr. p. 33

[Unidentified article], Fogg Art Museum Newsletter, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, March 1973), vol. X, no. 3, repr.

Daniel Wildenstein, Claude Monet: Biographie et Catalogue Raisonné, La Bibliothèque des Arts (Lausanne, Switzerland, 1974 - 1991), p. 84, vol. III, no. 1452

James N. Carpenter, Color in Art: A Tribute to Arthur Pope, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1974), pp. 81-82, cat. 40, ill.

Paul Hayes Tucker, Monet in the 90's: the Series Paintings, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Yale University Press (Boston, MA and New Haven, CT, 1989), repr. in color, plate 73, p. 200; catalogue no. 68, p. 299

Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum: A Summary Catalogue including Paintings in the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), p. 121, repr. as no. 402

Robert L. Herbert, Monet on the Normandy Coast, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT and London, England, 1994), pp. 54-56

Steven Z. Levine, Monet, Narcissus, and Self-Reflection: the Modernist Myth of the Self, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL and London, England, 1994), p. 173; repr. in b/w fig. 93

Norio Shimada and Keiko Sakagami, Claude Monet 1858-1880, exh. cat., Toppan Tanc (Japan, 2001), p. 98. repr. in color as fig. 226

Richard R. Brettell, Monet in Normandy, exh. cat., Rizzoli (New York, NY, 2006), no. 52, pp. 156-157, repr. in color

Claude Monet 1840-1926, exh. cat., Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Musée d'Orsay (Paris, 2010), cat. no. 129, repr., p. 261, checklist p. 369

Marco Goldin, Van Gogh and Gauguin's Journey: Variations on a Theme, exh. cat., Linea d'Ombra (Treviso, Italy, 2011), repr. p. 158

Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale, auct. cat., Christie's, New York (November 5, 2013), repr. p. 85 as fig. 2 (with incorrect caption)

Jane Sirén, The Impressionist Revolution and the Advent of Abstract Art, exh. cat., Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, 2015), pp. 51-52, fig. 27

Ulf Küster, Claude Monet: Ich will das Unmögliche, Hatje Cantz (Berlin, 2017), pp. 59-60, repr. p. 59 as fig. 14

Monet, Fondation Beyeler (Basel, 2017), p. 34, repr.

Ulf Küster, ed., Monet: Light, Shadow, and Reflection, exh. cat., Fondation Beyeler (Basel, 2017), cat. no. 85, repr. p. 85

Simon Kelly and Maite van Dijk, ed., Millet and Modern Art: From Van Gogh to Dalí; alternate title: Jean-François Millet: Sowing the Seeds of Modern Art, exh. cat., Thoth Publishers (Bussum, 2019), pp.80-84, p. 13, repr. p. 81, no. 71, repr.

Exhibition History

Unidentified Exhibition, Galerie Georges Petit, 1898, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 01/01/1898 - 12/31/1898

Oeuvres Importantes de Monet, Pissarro, Renoir et Sisley, Durand-Ruel Paris, Paris, 01/01/1925 - 12/31/1925

Monet, Paul Rosenberg Gallery, Paris, Paris, 04/02/1936 - 04/30/1936

Monet, Arthur Tooth & Sons, Ltd., London, 04/13/1939 - 05/06/1939

Color in Art: A Tribute to Arthur Pope, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/25/1974 - 06/16/1974

Monet in the '90s: The Series Paintings, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 02/07/1990 - 04/29/1990; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 05/19/1990 - 08/12/1990; Royal Academy of Arts, London, 09/07/1990 - 12/09/1990

Modern Art at Harvard, Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo, 07/31/1999 - 09/26/1999; Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa, 10/09/1999 - 11/14/1999; Matsuzakaya Art Museum, Nagoya, 12/02/1999 - 12/27/1999; Oita City Museum, Oita, 01/06/2000 - 02/06/2000; Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki, Ibaraki, 02/11/2000 - 03/26/2000

Monet in Normandy, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, 06/17/2006 - 09/17/2006; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, 10/15/2006 - 01/14/2007; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, 02/18/2007 - 05/28/2007

Claude Monet 1840-1926, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, 09/22/2010 - 01/24/2011

32Q: 2700 Impressionism, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 06/30/2016 - 10/11/2016; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/27/2018 - 02/07/2019; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/18/2021 - 01/01/2050

Monet and the Impressionist Revolution, 1860-1910, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, 11/14/2015 - 03/20/2016

Monet: Light, Shadow, and Reflection , Fondation Beyeler, Riehen / Basel, 01/22/2017 - 05/28/2017

Millet and Modern Art: Van Gogh to Dali, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 02/16/2020 - 05/17/2020

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