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.

Claude Monet

French, 1840–1926

Street in Sainte-Adresse


Oil on canvas

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)

Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1952