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Rounded Flower Bed (Corbeille de fleurs), 1876

  • Claude Monet, French, 1840-1926

Oil on canvas

  • Unframed: 23 3/8 inches × 32 inches × 11/16 inches (59.3 × 81.3 × 1.8 cm)
  • 37 5/8 × 46 1/4 × 5 3/8 inches, 59 pounds (95.6 × 117.5 × 13.7 cm, 26.8 kg)

City of Detroit Purchase


On View

  • Modern C236


European Painting

  • Impressionist
  • Oil painting
  • Oil
  • Canvas
  • Flowers (plants)
  • Parasols
  • Garden
  • Woman
  • Painting (visual work)
  • Argenteuil
  • Argenteuil

Monet's garden at Argenteuil near Paris provided the subject matter for this painting: a flower bed of tall gladioli shimmering in the light. The figure standing under an umbrella is the artist's wife, Camille, enjoying a leisurely stroll. Rather than being the focal point of the painting, she is merely a figure used to define the space. The flower bed itself dominates the composition. Using thick, short brushstrokes that appear as dabs at close range but synthesize at a distance, and juxtaposing red and pink blossoms against green foliage, Monet simulates the shimmering visual sensations experienced on a hot summer day.

Signed, lower right: Claude Monet

1877, probably sold by the artist to Georges Charpentier (Paris, France). by 1913, Nicolas Auguste Hazard [d. 1913] (Orrouy, France); 1913, by descent to his widow, Mme. Hazard [d. 1919] (Orrouy, France); December 1-3, 1919, sold by (Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, France) Hazard estate sale, lot 200; 1919, purchased by (Galerie Barbazanges, Paris, France); by 1921, acquired by (Howard Young Galleries, New York, New York, USA); 1921-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

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Claude Monet, Rounded Flower Bed (Corbeille de fleurs), 1876, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, City of Detroit Purchase, 21.71.