Claude Monet’s Garden at Sainte-Adresse was painted in the summer of 1867 at a resort town on the English Channel, near Le Havre, France. The painting depicts a garden with a view of Honfleur and combines smooth, traditionally rendered areas with sparkling passages of rapid, separate brushwork, and spots of pure color. The size of the painting is about 98.1 cm x 129.9 cm.
Monet deliberately incorporated Japanese elements into the painting’s composition. He was interested in Japanese culture and admired how they incorporated nature into their art. In this piece, he used hedges to create patterns similar to those found in Japanese gardens.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art purchased Garden at Sainte-Adresse in 1967 because it became progressively popular within Monet’s oeuvre as his reputation grew worldwide. It is now part of their collection.
Overall, Monet’s use of contrasting textures and colors creates an ethereal ambiance that placates the viewer’s eyes while creating a sense of depth within its beauty-rich composition.