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Claude Monet

Photo: Susan Cole

Claude Monet


Theodore Robinson

Born Irasburg, Vermont, 1852; died New York City, New York, 1896

Theodore Robinson befriended Claude Monet in Giverny, France. This charming drawing is a touching record of that friendship.

Charcoal on paper
27 x 13 in. (68.6 x 33cm)
Partial and promised gift from a private collection
Provenance: The Century Company, New York; John F. Braun, Merion, Pennsylvania (1867-1939); Carroll Tyson (1878-1956), Philadelphia; his heir; sold to [Peter Rudolph, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]; sold to donor,1985
Photo: Susan Cole
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistoryChicago, World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, [May 1-Oct. 30, 1893]. Cat. no. 2375 [lent by the Century Company, New York].

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 63rd Annual Exhibition, Dec. 18, 1893-Feb. 24, 1894. Cat. no. 60.

{possibly Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Museum of Art [now Philadelphia Museum], John F. Braun Collection, May 21-[autumn] 1930.}

Seattle, Henry Gallery, A Perfect Match-The Pictorial Tradition: The Horace C. Henry Collection/A Private Collection, Apr. 2-May 25, 1986. No. cat. no., reproduced.

Baltimore, Maryland, The Baltimore Museum of Art, In Monet's Light: Theodore Robinson at Giverny, Oct. 17, 2004-Jan. 9, 2005 (Phoenix, Arizona, The Phoenix Art Museum, Feb.6-May 8, 2005; Hartford, Connecticut, The Wadsworth Atheneum, June 4-Sept. 4, 2005). Text by Sona Johnston and Paul Tucker. Cat. no. 22, p. 199, reproduced.

Seattle, Seattle Art Museum, SAM at 75: Building a Collection for Seattle, May 5-Sept. 9, 2007. No catalogue.

Tacoma, Washington, Tacoma Art Museum, Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Their Circle: French Impressionism and the Northwest, Sept. 28, 2019-Jan. 24, 2020.

Published ReferencesRobinson, Theodore. "Claude Monet." Century Magazine 44, no. 91 (September 1892): reproduced p. 697

Van Dyck, John C. Modern French Masters. New York: The Century Co., 1896; reproduced opp. p. 169.

Fuller, William H. Claude Monet. New York, 1899; reproduced frontispiece.

Baur, John. I. H. Theodore Robinson, 1852-1896. Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Museum, 1946; cat. no. 355, pp. 87-88

Gerdts, William H. Monet's Giverny: An Impressionist Colony. New York: Abbeville Press, 1993; reproduced. p. { }.

Weinberg, Barbara, Doreen Bolger, and David Park Curry. American Impressionism and Realism: the Painting of Modern Life, 1885-1915. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1994; p. 96, reproduced. fig. 83, p. 97.

Junker, Patricia. "America in the Artful Age." A Community of Collectors:75th Anniversary Gifts to the Seattle Art Museum. Seattle: Seattle Art Museum, 2007; p. 195, reproduced no. 165.

Junker, Patricia. "A Sense of Place: American Art and the Seattle Art Museum." The Magazine Antiques (November 2008): p. 113, reproduced p. 144, fig. 11, and on table of contents page.

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