Claude Monet painted Landscape Near Zaandam in 1871. Monet delayed his return to France to take his family on a journey to Holland where they enjoyed an extended stay in Zaandam. Like Amsterdam, Zaandam was a city of canals and shipyards, providing new inspiration for Monet's passion for marine painting.
Fascinated by the broad vistas, serene skies, glassy water, and reflections of the houses along the shore, Monet believed his temporary residence offered a range of subjects to occupy a lifetime.
Go to the next page to continue with our nautical theme and learn about Monet's Regatta at Argenteuil.