Monet on the Run – 47. Leaving London
We would expect that as soon that Monet decided to leave England, he would have returned straight back to France, since he had material interests to take care of urgently in Le Havre, Louveciennes and Paris.
Yet, he travelled to Holland. Why he did that, is anyone’s guess.
Perhaps he was afraid of the aftermath of the War and the massacre of the Communards. Or perhaps one or both of his old teachers Daubigny and Jongkind had awoken his interest for Zaandam, a village surrounded by water, just north of Amsterdam. After all Zaandam wasn’t unknown to French artists and Jongkind was a Dutchman by origin.
Anyway, late May 1871 Monet and his family embarked on a boat for Holland.
Claude Monet, Vue d’un port (View of a Port), 1871. Oil on canvas, 48.5 x 63.5 cm. Private collection