Houses on the Bank of the River Zaan
Oil on canvas
Inv. No. 1385
48 × 74 cm
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.