Apr 6, 2006

The Seine at Bas-Meudon

The Seine at Bas-Meudon


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

Did you know?

Fellow artist Edouard Manet considered Jongkind the "father of modern landscape painting."


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."

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