Monet woke up early in the morning to create the "The Seine in the Morning" series during the years 1896-97. The series is known for its introduction of a decorative effect and the numerous colors used in their depiction of the misty Seine river near Giverny on summer mornings. This work, like the others in the "The Seine in the Morning"series, was painted a set time in the morning from a particular spot along the Seine. Willows float along the surface of the river and waves wash over clumps of grass as the changing forms of nature resonate in Monet's vibrant brush strokes. The movements of the brush which mimic the wind moving amongst branches, leaves and waves also directly convey the tension of Monet's attempts to capture the moving forms of nature in a single instant. (Source: Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 2009, cat. no.76)


  • Title: Morning on the Seine
  • Date Created: 1898
  • Location Created: France
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings: Signed and dated lower left: Claude Monet 98
  • Provenance: Majima, Japan; Kiichi Mimura, Ashiya, Japan.
  • Physical Dimensions: w915 x h730 mm
  • Painter: Claude Monet
  • Object title (Japanese): セーヌ河の朝
  • Object notes (Japanese): 1896年から翌々年にかけて、55歳のモネは早朝に起きて、「セーヌ河の朝」というシリーズを制作した。使用する色の数を抑え、装飾的効果をも狙ったと思われるこの連作の多くは、夏の朝、霧のたちこめるジヴェルニー付近のセーヌ河の風景を描いている。この連作中の一点とみなされる本作品《セーヌ河の朝》もまた、ほぼ同じ時期に同じ場所で制作されている。柳が水面に垂れ、草むらが波に洗われ、変転する自然の姿が、モネの立ち騒ぐ筆触の中から生まれ出てくる。しかし筆のめくるめく動きは、風に動く枝や葉や波そのものにとらわれるというよりは、移ろう自然の姿を一気に捉えようとするモネのいらだちと緊張を直に伝えているのである。(出典: 国立西洋美術館名作選. 東京, 国立西洋美術館, 2006. cat. no. 76)
  • Artist Name (Japanese): モネ、クロード
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: http://www.nmwa.go.jp/en/information/privacy.html
  • External Link: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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