Claude Monet’s Vétheuil in Winter (1878-79), painted during the artist’s first winter in the village, depicts his new home on the Seine, seen from the opposite bank of the river. Monet’s two and a half years in Vétheuil, a small farming community northwest of Paris, saw two severe winters, the inspiration for this masterpiece. The Frick’s painting is a key work by Monet, in the new “impressionist” style, painted only 4 years after the first Impressionist show in Paris; it was Monet’s painting called Impression, Sunrise that led to the term impressionism being coined.
Susan Grace Galassi has written an insightful and engaging essay about Monet’s difficult but productive time in Vétheuil, which saw the death of his wife Camille. The Frick's Monet painting, the only work by the artist in the collection, is the basis for other significant canvases made during his stay in the village in both winter and summer. Galassi's essay is accompanied by a text and intriguing new work—Colour experiment no. 109—by the artist Olafur Eliasson, created in response to the Monet painting. Eliasson’s work will be shown at the Frick next to the painting that inspired it.
- Authors: Susan Grace Galassi and Olafur Eliasson
- Publisher: Giles, 2022
- 72 pages, 9.3" x 7.5"
- Color illustrations throughout
- ISBN: 9781911282976