Claude Monet (1840–1926) Caricature of a Man with a Snuff Box, c. 1858
Charcoal heightened with white chalk on blue wove paper 23 1/8 x 13 in. (58.8 x 33 cm)
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 2006.10
This signed sheet by the young Monet, then known as Oscar, is one of several caricatures he made to earn a living at the outset of his career. Employing his favored format of a large head on a tiny body, supported by even smaller legs and feet, Monet juxtaposes the giant nostrils with the snuff and the handkerchief in the man’s pocket—humorously prefiguring the enormous sneeze that will probably occur following its inhalation.
Claude Monet (1840–1926) The Port at Touques, c. 1864
Black chalk on blued white laid paper
8 1/4 x 13 in. (21 x 33 cm)
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 2006.5
In this early work, Monet sketched this close-up view of a fishing village in Normandy in bright daylight.
Claude Monet (1840–1926) View of Rouen, 1883
Black chalk on blued white Gillot paper
Sheet: 12 5/16 x 18 11/16 in. (31.3 x 47.5 cm)
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1955.1914
In this drawing executed on a special textured support, Monet translated one of his paintings into graphic form for the purpose of reproducing it in print. When photomechanically transferred to the zinc plate, the dense passages of looping and zigzagging lines, in combination with the vertical striations of the paper, would achieve a tonal effect.