View of Rouen

Black chalk drawing of landscape with boats, water, and buildings

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. 

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