Snow at Argenteuil (Neige à Argenteuil)

Claude Monetca. 1874-1875

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Monet is perhaps the greatest Impressionist landscape painter and was particularly attracted to the unique qualities of light and color in snowscapes. During the winter of 1874-1875, he produced 16 paintings of snow effects in his home town of Argenteuil, a suburb to the northwest of Paris. In this example, a snow-covered path runs towards a distant cluster of houses and church steeple, providing the composition with a sense of depth. To the right, sunlight begins to melt the snow, while a crimson bush provides a color accent. Monet applied paint very rapidly, particularly when painting trees.

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  • Title: Snow at Argenteuil (Neige à Argenteuil)
  • Creator: Claude Monet
  • Date Created: ca. 1874-1875
  • Physical Dimensions: Unframed: 19 3/4 x 26 3/4 inches (50.17 x 67.95 cm) Framed: 29 x 35 x 3 inches (73.66 x 88.9 x 7.62 cm)
  • Culture: French
  • Rights: Gift of Henry W. and Marion H. Bloch
  • Medium: Oil on canvas