Outline-gesture drawings of landscapes and water, objects in nature, especially water reflections, are studies for Claude Monet’s paintings. He sketches anywhere in the book therefore, some appear upside down and overlap onto previous sketches, and are done years apart from each other. He studies composition and perspective, e.g. at train stations, farm fields, churches and the town centers of country towns he visits. Longer independent sketches, are done too, like those of his family. 1865-1908.


Pencil and black crayon.


Artist: Claude Monet (1840-1926)


From the Unknown Monet Exhibition, Stirling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 2007.

Claude Monet.
Cows on the bank of the Epte river near Giver. Sketchbook 6, page 5. 1886-1889. Images © Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris.
Claude Monet.
Left (upside down): Cliff at Varengeville, c. 1896-97. Rights: Grainstacks at Giverny, c. 1890-91. Sketchbook 3, page 26 & 27. Images © Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris.
Claude Monet.
Germaine Hoschéde Writing, Jean-Pierre Hoschéde and Michel Monet. c. 1885. Sketchbook 1, page 18 & 19. Images © Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris.