The Geese

Claude Monet

French, 1840–1926

The Geese


The Geese was painted a few months after the first Impressionist exhibition and the painting's bright tone and thickly applied touches of color are characteristic of Monet’s experimental technique during this period. More unusual is the painting’s vertical format and dense composition. Tall trees shade a path that leads our eye from the rippling water in the foreground to the diminutive figures of a woman and child standing in front of a sunlit, whitewashed building.

Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 29 x 23 5/8 in. (73.7 x 60 cm) Frame: 36 13/16 x 31 5/8 x 2 3/8 in. (93.5 x 80.3 x 6 cm)
Object Number 1955.529
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1949
Status On View

Image Caption

Claude Monet, The Geese, 1874, Oil on canvas. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.529.


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.


The artist, sold to Faure, Nov. 1874, as Les Oies; Jean-Baptiste Faure, Paris (from 1874); Auguste Pellerin, Paris (in 1899); [Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, in 1899]; [Foinard, Paris, in 1899]; [Durand-Ruel, Paris, sold to Behrend, 1912]; Mme. Behrend, Paris (from 1912); Allston Burr, Boston (d. 1949); [Knoedler, New York, sold to Clark, 9 June 1949, as Les Canards]; Robert Sterling Clark (1949–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.