Customs Hut, Afternoon Effect, oil on canvas by Claude Monet (1840-1926), 1882.
This painting is undoubtedly the masterpiece of the museum’s collection. Bought at an auction in 1985, it is since then a deposit at the MND. Its interest, beyond its famous author, is multiple considering customs administration as it represents a customs hut, as well as history of art.
This landscape was painted in 1882 while Monet was staying in Pourville, a hamlet near Dieppe. He then experienced an artistic process that would become systematic in the 1890s : the serial. He then tests the morning effect, then the evening, in order to translate the changes of light through his work, an approach that with become his trademark.
A poster of this piece of art is available at the museums shop (4€).