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The Valley of the Nervia

Claude Monet (French, Paris 1840–1926 Giverny)

Date:
1884
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
26 x 32 in. (66 x 81.3 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Accession Number:
30.95.251
  • Gallery Label

    Monet painted "The Valley of the Nervia" during a ten-week trip to the Italian Riviera in early 1884. The river Nervia flows into the Mediterranean near the French-Italian border between Ventimiglia and Bordighera. The Maritime Alps are visible in the background behind the village of Camporosso. In this painting Monet employs the lighter, brighter palette that he first adopted after a trip to the Riviera in 1883.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Signed and dated (lower left): Claude Monet 84

  • Provenance

    [Durand-Ruel, Paris and New York, 1885–95; bought from the artist on May 6, 1885; Paris stock nos. 675 and 1348; their sale, Moore's Art Galleries, New York, May 6, 1887, no. 85, for $975, bought in; sold for $1,800 on November 12, 1895 to Davis]; Theodore M. Davis, Newport, R.I. (1895–d. 1915; his estate, on loan to the MMA, 1915–30)

  • Exhibition History

    Brussels. Hôtel du Grand Miroir. "Degas, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir et Sisley," 1885, no catalogue? [see Wildenstein 1979].

    Paris. Galerie Georges Petit. "Exposition internationale de peinture: Quatrième année," May 15–?, 1885, no. 68 (as "Vue prise près Vintimille [Italie]," lent by M. Durand-Ruel, possibly this picture).

    New York. American Art Galleries. "Modern Paintings," 1886–87, no. 27 [see Wildenstein 1979].

    New York. Durand-Ruel. "Monet," January 12–27, 1895, no. 1 [see Wildenstein 1979].

    Boston. Copley Hall. "Loan Collection of Paintings by Claude Monet and Eleven Sculptures by Auguste Rodin," March 1905, no. 38 (as "Vallée de la Mervia [sic]," lent by Theodore M. Davis, Esq.).

    Fort Worth. Kimbell Art Museum. "Monet and the Mediterranean," June 8–September 7, 1997, unnumbered cat. (pl. 26).

    Brooklyn Museum of Art. "Monet and the Mediterranean," October 10, 1997–January 4, 1998, unnumbered cat. (pl. 26).

    Bordighera. Chiesa Anglicana. "Monet a Bordighera," June–September 1998, unnumbered cat. (ill. p. 101).

  • References

    Luigina Rossi Bortolatto. L'opera completa di Claude Monet, 1870–1889. Milan, 1966, p. 106, no. 275, ill.

    Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. "XIX–XX Centuries." French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 3, New York, 1967, pp. 135–36, ill.

    Douglas Cooper. "The Monets in the Metropolitan Museum." Metropolitan Museum Journal 3 (1970), pp. 301–2, 304–5, fig. 32.

    Daniel Wildenstein. "1882–1886: Peintures." Claude Monet: Biographie et catalogue raisonné. 2, Lausanne, 1979, p. 22 n. 234, pp. 29, 122–23, no. 881, ill.

    Daniel Wildenstein. "1887–1898: Peintures." Claude Monet: Biographie et catalogue raisonné. 3, Paris, 1979, p. 66 n. 1278.

    Daniel Wildenstein. "1899–1926: Peintures." Claude Monet: Biographie et catalogue raisonné. 4, Lausanne, 1985, p. 44 n. 412.

    Daniel Wildenstein. Monet or the Triumph of Impressionism. 1, 2nd ed. Cologne, 1996, p. 198.

    Daniel Wildenstein. "Catalogue raisonné–Werkverzeichnis: Nos. 1–968." Monet. 2, 2nd ed. Cologne, 1996, pp. 328, 330, no. 881, ill. (color).

    Joachim Pissarro. Monet and the Mediterranean. Exh. cat., Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth. New York, 1997, pp. 96, 120, colorpl. 26.

    Monet a Bordighera. Exh. cat., Chiesa Anglicana. Bordighera, Italy, 1998, pp. 101, 108, ill. (color).

    Joseph Baillio and Cora Michael in Claude Monet (1840–1926): A Tribute to Daniel Wildenstein and Katia Granoff. Exh. cat., Wildenstein & Co., Inc. New York, 2007, pp. 164, 200.

    Eric M. Zafran in Claude Monet (1840–1926): A Tribute to Daniel Wildenstein and Katia Granoff. Exh. cat., Wildenstein & Co., Inc. New York, 2007, p. 117.



  • Notes

    It was during his 1884 trip to the Italian Riviera that Monet captured this view of the Nervia, a river that flows into the Mediterranean, passing near the French-Italian border.

  • See also
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