Monet moved to Argenteuil, a suburban town on the right bank of the Seine River northwest of Paris, in late December 1871. Many of the types of scenes that he and the other Impressionists favored could be found in this small town, conveniently connected by rail to nearby Paris. In this painting, Monet was less interested in capturing a likeness than in studying how unblended dabs of color could suggest the effect of brilliant sunlight filtered through leaves. During the early 1870s, Monet frequently depicted views of his backyard garden that included his wife, Camille, and their son, Jean. However, when exhibited at the Second Impressionist Exhibition in 1876, this painting was titled more generically, "Woman Reading."


  • Title: Springtime
  • Creator Lifespan: 1840/1926
  • Creator Nationality: French
  • Date Created: 1872
  • Physical Dimensions: w65.5 x h50 x d13.0175 cm
  • Type: oil paintings
  • Rights: Acquired by Henry Walters, 1903, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
  • External Link: The Walters Art Museum
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Provenance: [Problematic history prior to when Henry Walters acquired painting]; [either] Sale [by artist], Hôtel Drouot, Paris, February 4, 1873, no. 55 [as Jeune femme assise]; Paul Durand-Ruel [by purchase]; [or] Sale [by artist] November, 1872; Paul Durand-Ruel [by purchase, and resold before 1877, as La femme en rose]; Hoschedé, Paris; [either] Hoschedé Sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, June 5-6, 1878, no. 54 [as Jeune femme assise dans un parc]; Lussac (?); [or] Hoschedé Sale, 1881-1888 [50 francs] [as Femme assise dans l'herbe]; Paul Durand-Ruel; Mary Cassatt, 1889; Henry Walters, Baltimore, May 7, 1903, by purchase [George A. Lucas as agent]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Place of Origin: Paris, France
  • Inscriptions: [Signature] Lower right: Claude Monet
  • ExhibitionHistory: 2e Exposition de Peinture. Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris. 1876; Monet-Rodin. Galerie Georges Petit, Paris. 1889; Contrasts in Impressionism. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1942; Themes and Variations in Painting and Sculpture. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1948; Monet and the Beginnings of Impressionism. The Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, Manchester. 1949; Paintings by the Impressionists and Post Impressionists. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. 1950; From Ingres to Gauguin: French Nineteenth Century Paintings Owned in Maryland. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1951; Inaugural Exhibition at the Fort Worth Art Center. Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth. 1954; The Turn of the Century: Exhibition of Masterpieces, 1880-1920. Denver Art Museum, Denver. 1956; Claude Monet. City Art Museum of Saint Louis, St. Louis; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis. 1957; The Image Lost and Found. Metropolitan Boston Arts Center, Boston. 1960; A Baltimorean in Paris: George A. Lucas, 1860-1909. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979; Hommage à Claude Monet (1840-1926). Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris. 1980; Claude Monet - Auguste Rodin: Centenaire de l’Exposition de 1889. Musee Auguste Rodin, Paris. 1989-1990; Monet: A Retrospective. Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo; Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya, Aici. 1994; Claude Monet 1840-1926. The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago. 1995; Monet: Late Paintings of Giverny from the Musee Marmottan. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore; San Diego Museum Of Art, San Diego; Portland Art Museum, Portland. 1998-1999; Before Monet: Landscape Painting in France and Impressionist Masters: Highlights from The Walters Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998; Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from American Collections. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston; The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland. 1999-2000; A Magnificent Age: Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte. 2002-2004; In Monet's Light: Theodore Robinson at Giverny. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix; Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford. 2004-2005; Claude Monet (1840-1926): A Tribute to Daniel Wildenstein and Katia Granoff. Wildenstein & Company, New York. 2007; 19th Century Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin. 2010-2011
  • Artist: Claude Monet

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