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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Claude Monet, French (Paris, France 1840 - 1926 Giverny, France)
House of the Customs Officer, Varengeville
Other Titles
Alternate Title: House of the Customs Officer, Pourville (near Varengeville, Normandy Coast)
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
61 x 74.9 cm (24 x 29 1/2 in.)
framed: 82.6 × 95.6 × 8.9 cm (32 1/2 × 37 5/8 × 3 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.l.: Claude Monet
Claude Monet, sold; to Octave Mirbeau, 1884, sold [through Bernheim-Jeune, February 24, 1919, no. 26]; to [Durand-Ruel, 1919], sold; to Annie Swan Coburn [no. 4243], September 27, 1926, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1934.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Annie Swan Coburn
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Georges LeComte, L'Art Impressionistes d'Apres la Collection Privee de Monsieur Durand-Ruel (Paris, France, 1892), p. 256? etched reproduction by A. La Fouzet opposite p. 14

Sale of the Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture Collected by the Critic Octave Mirbeau, auct. cat., Galerie Durand-Ruel (Paris, France, February 24, 1919), repr. no. 26

Exhibition of The Mrs. L. L. Coburn Collection Modern Paintings and Watercolors, exh. cat., The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL, 1932), no. 20

"Det Levende Ojeblik", Bulletin of Ny Carlsberg Glyptothek (Copenhagen, Denmark, 1958), repr.

Anne V. Dort, "French Art of the 19th Century", Boston Symphony Orchestra Concert Bulletin (Boston, MA, 1958 -1959), no. 21, p. 1316

Françoise Cachin, "En Defenseur Oublie de l'Art Moderne", L'Oeil (June 1962), no. 90, repr. p. 54

Highlights from the Collections of the Fogg Museum and Harvard Alumni of St. Louis, exh. cat., City Art Museum of St. Louis (St. Louis, 1964), cat. 34

Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture from the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, exh. cat., Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, 1967)

Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings from the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY, 1967), cat. 37

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. b/w p. 35

Daniel Wildenstein, Claude Monet: Biographie et Catalogue Raisonné, La Bibliothèque des Arts (Lausanne, Switzerland, 1974 - 1991), vol. II, no. 739

John House, Monet, Phaidon Press (Oxford, England, 1981), fig. 34, repr. in b/w

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), pp. 121, 246, repr. b/w cat. no. 350

The Maurice Wertheim Collection and Selected Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings and Drawings in the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1990), repr. in color no. 8 p. 47

Monet Retrospective, exh. cat. (Tokyo, Japan, 1994), no. 35, p. 145, repr. in color

Steven Z. Levine, Monet, Narcissus, and Self-Reflection: the Modernist Myth of the Self, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL and London, England, 1994), text p. 173; repr. fig. 92

John Russell Taylor, Claude Monet: Impressions of France from Le Havre to Giverny, Collins and Brown (London, England, 1995), p.122-123, color

Virginia Spate and Gary Hickey, Monet & Japan, exh. cat., National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (Canberra, 2001), no. 12, p. 33; repr. in color p. 89

Michael Clarke and Richard Thomson, Monet: The Seine and the Sea 1878-1883, exh. cat., National Galleries of Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland, 2003), no. 58, repr. in color

Ben Luke, A Fresh Impression of Claude Monet, The Art Newspaper (January 22, 2017), [], accessed February 21, 2017

Ulf Küster, Claude Monet: Ich will das Unmögliche, Hatje Cantz (Berlin, 2017), pp.60-61, repr. p. 60 as fig. 15

Monet, Fondation Beyeler (Basel, 2017), p. 32, repr.

Ulf Küster, ed., Monet: Light, Shadow, and Reflection, exh. cat., Fondation Beyeler (Basel, 2017), cat. no. 79, repr. p. 79

Richard Thomson, Monet and Architecture, exh. cat., National Gallery (London, 2018), p. 52, pl. 42, detail pl. 5

Angelica Daneo, Christoph Heinrich, Michael Philipp, and Ortrud Westheider, ed., Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature, exh. cat. (Denver, 2019), cat. no. 94, repr. p. 208

Jennifer A. Thompson, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism: Highlights from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, exh. cat., Philadelphia Museum of Art and Yale University Press (New Haven, 2019), p. 82, repr. as fig. 39

Exhibition History

Recently Imported Work by Monet, Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris, 01/01/1919 - 12/31/1919

Exhibition of the Mrs. L.L. Coburn Collection, Modern Paintings and Watercolors, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 04/06/1932 - 10/09/1932

French Art of the 19th Century, Symphony Hall, Boston, 03/24/1959 - 04/24/1959

Unidentified Exhibition, Arthur D. Little, 1959, Arthur D. Little, Cambridge, 05/15/1959 - 06/15/1959

Unidentified Exhibition, Wesleyan University, 1959, Davison Art Center, Middletown, 07/01/1959 - 08/31/1959

Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings from the Fogg Art Museum, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, 05/08/1967 - 06/11/1967

Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture from the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, 10/12/1967 - 12/03/1967

Unidentified Exhibition, Yale University Art Gallery, 1974, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, 10/01/1974 - 11/01/1974

Master Paintings from the Fogg Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/13/1977 - 08/31/1977

Masterpieces of European Art, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 06/22/1985 - 09/15/1985

The Maurice Wertheim Collection and Selected Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings and Drawings in the Fogg Art Museum, Isetan Department Store, Tokyo, 03/01/1990 - 04/10/1990; Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, 04/14/1990 - 05/13/1990

Monet Retrospective, Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo, 02/11/1994 - 04/07/1994; Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya, 04/16/1994 - 06/10/1994; Hiroshima Museum of Art, Hiroshima, 06/18/1994 - 07/31/1994

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 & Japan, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Parkes, 03/09/2001 - 06/11/2001; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, 06/29/2001 - 09/16/2001

Monet: The Seine and the Sea, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, 08/02/2003 - 10/26/2003

32Q: 2700 Impressionism, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/04/2021 - 07/14/2022

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

Monet and Architecture, National Gallery, London, 04/09/2018 - 07/29/2018

Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature, Denver Art Museum, Denver, 10/21/2019 - 02/02/2020; Museum Barberini, Potsdam, 02/29/2020 - 07/19/2020

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