MONET, Claude
(b. 1840, Paris, d. 1926, Giverny)

A Corner of the Hoschedé Garden at Montgeron

Oil on canvas, 175 x 194 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

This picture, one of the two landscapes depicting Montgeron, belonged to the decorative series commissioned by Ernest and Alice Hoschedé, Monet's friend who lived in that small town.

In adorning his friends' house, Monet sought to bring indoors the freshness of the garden. This task fully accorded with his interest in monetary states of nature, in the elusive changeability of light and air.