Monet, "Le Havre: Bateaux de peche sortant du port" (Le Havre: Fishing Boats Leaving the Harbor)

Oil on canvas
23 5/8 x 39 3/4 in. (60 x 101 cm)
Private collection

"The poor man rambled on this way quite peacefully, and nothing led me to anticipate the unfortunate accident which was to be the result of his visit to this hair-raising exhibition. He even sustained, without major injury, viewing the Fishing Boats Leaving the Harbor by M. Claude Monet, perhaps because I tore him away from dangerous contemplation of this work before the small, noxious figures in the foreground could produce their effect."
Louis Leroy, Charivari, 25 April 1874