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View of Ventimiglia

Photo credit: Glasgow Museums

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This view shows the sun-bleached town of Ventimiglia on the Mediterranean sea, near the Italian border with France. It was painted from near Bordighera the picturesque Italian seaside resort where Monet was staying. Monet, a northern artist, struggled to capture the brilliant light of the south. Monet knew that the colours he needed – 'a palette of diamonds and jewels because of the blues and pinks' – would shock the viewer. In his letters to his companion Alice he exclaims: 'I am slaving away on six paintings a day. I'm giving myself a hard time over it as I haven't yet managed to capture the colour of this landscape; there are moments when I'm appalled at the colours I'm having to use.'

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum




oil on canvas


H 65.1 x W 91.7 cm

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presented by the Trustees of the Hamilton Bequest, 1943

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