Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat

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Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat
ArtistClaude Monet
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions55 cm × 65 cm (21.6 in × 25.6 in)
LocationNational Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat is an oil on canvas autumn scene of the basin at Argenteuil, painted by French Impressionist artist Claude Monet in 1874.[1]


The piece was created during Monet's residence at Argenteuil, a town on the banks of the Seine, on the outskirts of Paris. Here Monet purchased a boat to be used as a floating studio and painted many scenes of the surrounding area.[1]

National Gallery of Ireland[edit]

The painting was purchased by Irish playwright and activist Edward Martyn in 1899, on the advice of his cousin, George Moore. It was bequeathed to the National Gallery of Ireland in 1924.[2] It is valued at €10m.[3]

Vandalism and restoration[edit]

At around 11am on 29 June 2012 a visitor to the gallery, Andrew Shannon, punched the painting causing "huge damage, shocking damage"[4] with "an extensive three-branched tear".[5]

After 18 months of restoration work, on 1 July 2014, the painting was re-hung in the gallery, behind protective glass.[3] The restoration saw 7% of the damaged area being lost, in a process that involved sewing microscopic threads back together.[4]

Shannon was jailed for 5 years for the attack.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat". National Gallery of Ireland. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  2. ^ "eMuseum". National Gallery of Ireland. Archived from the original on 18 January 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Restored Monet returned to National Gallery". RTÉ. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Vandalised Monet work restored". Belfast Telegraph. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  5. ^ "The Claude Monet Research & Conservation Project". National Gallery of Ireland. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  6. ^ Wheaton, Oliver (6 December 2014). "Man is jailed for punching a hole through an £8 million Monet painting". Metro. Retrieved 18 January 2015.

External links[edit]

  • [1], National Gallery of Ireland information
  • [2], National Gallery of Ireland restoration process