Street in Sainte-Adresse

Claude Monet

French, 1840–1926

Street in Sainte-Adresse


Monet grew up in Le Havre, Normandy, and in later years, he often painted the beach at Sainte-Adresse, a small fishing village nearby. In this scene, he turns his attention to the town itself. A woman and child look down a sloping street, which draws our eyes to other figures disappearing around a corner. Light plays off cobblestones, walls, and roofs, revealing curling plumes of blue-gray smoke rising from chimneys into the air.

Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 31 1/2 x 23 5/16 in. (80 x 59.2 cm) Frame: 40 7/8 x 32 7/8 x 3 3/4 in. (103.8 x 83.5 x 9.5 cm)
Object Number 1955.523
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1952
Status On View

Image Caption

Claude Monet, Street in Sainte-Adresse, 1867, Oil on canvas. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.523.


Lees, Sarah, ed. Nineteenth-Century European Paintings at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; New Haven and London: distributed by Yale University Press, 2012.


Browne, Paris; [Étienne Bignou, Paris]; [probably Galerien Thannhauser (Justin K. Thannhauser), Berlin, by 1928]; Josef Stransky, New York (by 1931–d. 1936); Estate of Josef Stransky (1936–at least 1945)¹; [Wildenstein, New York]; André Meyer, New York; [Knoedler, New York, sold to Clark, 5 May 1952, as Rue à Fecamp]; Robert Sterling Clark (1952–1955); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.

1. Perry B. Cott, “The Stransky Collection of Modern Art,” Bulletin of the Worcester Art Museum, Winter 1933, p. 147, stated that the Stransky collection would be on loan to the Worcester Art Museum for eighteen months, from winter 1933 to 1934.