Jean-Pierre Hoschedé and Michel Monet on the Banks of the Epte, c. 1887-1890
oil on canvas
76 x 96.5 cm
Gift of the Saidye Bronfman Foundation, 1995
National Gallery of Canada (no. 38089)
© Estate of Claude Monet / ADAGP (Paris) / SODRAC (Montréal)
Monet's son Michel and step-son Jean-Pierre stand on the banks of the Epte River near their home at Giverny, where the artist and his family moved in 1883. There, Monet gradually became less interested in Impressionism's precise recording of natural phenomena, endeavouring instead "to reproduce something that exists between the subject and myself, the beauty of the air, something wholly unattainable."