About Printemps à Vétheuil

In order to paint the transient effects of light as directly as possible Monet mainly worked outdoors. He had to work quickly to 'capture' a particular moment in a constantly changing scene. This painting was thus painted in great haste. He stippled his subject with great virtuosity in order to give, quite literally, an impression of a day in springtime.


  • Title: Spring in Vethuil
  • Creator: Claude Monet
  • Date Created: 1880
  • Physical Dimensions: 60,5 x 80,5 cm
  • Artist Information: About Claude Monet Claude Monet moved at a young age from Paris to the Normandy city Le Havre. There he became a pupil of Eugène Boudin. From 1860 to 1862 he was stationed as a military conscript in Algeria. In 1862 he returned to Paris where he became friends with the artists Sisley, Renoir, Manet and Pisarro. He travelled to London in 1870 to escape the Franco-German war. He returned to France in 1871 via the Netherlands, and he settled in Argenteuil near Paris. It was here in 1874 that he painted the work 'Impression, setting sun', which title led to a critic introducing the mocking name of 'Impressionism'. In 1878 Monet moved to the small village of Vétheuil, where he shared a house with the banker Ernest Hoschedé. In the early 1880s he worked a lot on the Normandy coast. In 1883 he moved to Giverny in Normandy, where he designed a garden with water lilies which would prove such an important source of inspiration for his later work.
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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