Johan Barthold Jongkind (Dutch, 1819-1891)
Oil on fabric, Framed: 55.6 x 69.5 x 11.1 cm (21 7/8 x 27 3/8 x 4 3/8 in.); Unframed: 34.1 x 48.1 cm (13 7/16 x 18 15/16 in.). Gift of the family of Constance Mather Bishop 1993.236
Although born and trained in Holland, Jongkind spent much of his life painting outdoors in France. In this depiction of Bas-Meudon near Paris, the artist applied paint in small patches of bright color to suggest the intensity of outdoor light. Although typcially finished in the studio from open-air sketches, Jongkind's oil paintings achieve a convincing immediacy that greatly impressed the young Claude Monet. The two met in the early 1860s and spent part of a summer painting together along the coast of Normandy. "From that time he was my real master," Monet later acknowledged, "it was to him that I owe the final education of my eye."
Tableaux et Aquarelles de Jongkind. Galeries Durand-Ruel, Paris,France (1899).French Paintings of the Later Nineteenth Century. Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (1921).
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