Houses on the Bank of the River Zaan


Oil on canvas
Inv. No. 1385

48 × 74 cm

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Claude Monet (1840–1926), one of the most important champions of Impressionism, painted the Houses on the Bank of the River Zaan on site in Holland in 1871/72, employing a distinctly sketchy manner of execution. Rhythmically dabbed areas and the loose interlacing of colourful patches convey the shimmering impression of a happy summer day. Painters became operators of sensory impressions which – in keeping with the scientific mentality of the waning nineteenth century – only assemble to form a legible image in the eye of the beholder.

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