View of the Prins Hendrikkade and the Kromme Waal in Amsterdam, 1874
Claude Monet (1840-1926)
Monet painted the end of the Prins Hendrikkade in Amsterdam, then called the Kamperhoofd, from a boat on the IJ. To the left is the Kromme Waal, with the Waalseilandsgracht where boats could moor. Monet used small dabs of paint to represent the rippling water, in which the sky, the quay and the boats are reflected. The houses on the Kromme Waal form a grey skyline in the background. Monet depicted the buildings on the Kamperhoofd in greater detail.
However, this rapidly painted scene is not a realistic rendering of the location but an impression of light and atmosphere characteristic of the impressionist movement. Monet worked with loose brushstrokes and light colours, whose effect is mainly evident at a distance.
*Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, acquired with the financial support of the BankGiro Lottery, the Stichting Nationaal Fonds Kunstbezit (with contributions from Philips Electronics, Shell, Unilever, ABN AMRO, ING, Fortis and Heineken), the Rembrandt Association, and the assistance of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and a donation from VNU, the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Mondrian Foundation, the VSB Fonds and the Vincent van Gogh Foundation.