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Claude Monet (1840 - 1926):
A Mill near Zaandam
A1115; oil on canvas; 42 x 73.5 cm.
Signed: Claude Monet.
Prov: Durand-Ruel; Cassirer.
Accepted by H.M. Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax from the estate of Dr and Mrs Richard Walzer and allocated to the Ashmolean Museum, 1980; WA1980.81.
Painted during a visit to Holland in 1871. The colour is subdued and the sky overcast but the white ground on which it is painted gives a natural luminosity to the scene and the varied brush-strokes create a fresh, windswept effect. It was painted near Zaandam, about twelve miles from Amsterdam.
Information derived from the Ashmolean Museum's Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.