Branch of the Seine near Giverny
(1840 - 1897)
Oil on canvas
Monet often visted and painted Giverny (which lies between Paris and Normandy) between trips to Holland, the Normandy coast, Brittany, Antibes and the Creuse. From the 1890s he was akso interested in painting a single motif, which he would closely observe through changes in light, weather, atmosphere and time. This gave rise to various series: Haystacks, Poplars and Rouen Cathedral. Durung the summers of 1896 and 1897, he composed the Mornings on the Siene series, depicting the shady banks of Siene, lined with large trees leaning across the water, and the full, fast-flowing river, with variations in time and weather. This painting from that series evokes a peaceful world theme is suspended and nothing happens; the artist's only concern are colour and a seemingly infinite variety of reflections.