Monet on the Run – 48. A few words about Jongkind
Perhaps it was Jongkind who stimulated Monet to travel to Zaandam and Amsterdam.
Johan Barthold Jongkind
(1819-1891) was a Dutch painter who spent more than half of his life in France. Manet, Courbet, Boudin and others became friends. Besides his talent, he also had his amiable character and sense of humour to thank for that.
Unfortunately, the road to some modest success turned out to be long, the path to a nearby tavern always too short. His friends repeatedly had to help him financially or change his environment in an attempt to strenghten his moral and physical condition. That’s how he discovered the Normandy coast and worked in Étretat, Fécamp and Honfleur. That’s where he met Eugène Boudin, and 13 years later, Claude Monet, who was 22 at the time.
Johan Barthold Jongkind, Overschie bij Maneschijn (Overschie in the Moonlight), 1871. Oil on canvas, 22 x 27,5 cm. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands