Kroller-Muller Museum, Otterlo, The NetherlandsThe studio boat has an honourable history. It's been responsible for an awful lot of art which now commands very high values.
Claude Monet is renowned for painting plein air. He even took his studio outdoors and on to the water for some of his paintings. In 1873 Monet had a 'fruitful sale' which enabled him to have a studio boat built. He may well have decided to get one after an association with Daubigny (a member of the Barbizon School) who had a studio boat which he used a lot to paint along the Seine and the Oise. Monet seems to have moored his boat close to home at Argenteuil and later Vertheuil and only used it within a short radius of both homes situated on the north bank of the River Seine west of Paris.
Monet created three paintings of his studio boat and this is the first - painted in 1874.
This is the start of a series of posts about paintings of studio boats and about paintings done from studio boats - and of artists painting other artists in their studio boats.
Now - who wants a studio boat?