Argenteuil (1875) by Claude Monet

Argenteuil - Claude Monet - 1875

Artwork Information

ArtistClaude Monet
Dimensions67 x 56 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationMusée d'Orsay, Paris, France

About Argenteuil

“Argenteuil” by Claude Monet is an Impressionist oil painting created in 1875. Measuring 67 by 56 centimeters, this landscape artwork is part of the collection at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France.

The artwork captures a vivid impression of a leisurely day at Argenteuil, a suburb of Paris which was a popular spot for boating during the late 19th century. This particular scene depicts several boats moored in the calm water, with a few sails unfurled, suggesting a gentle breeze. There’s movement and life on the water with a few figures visible, engaging in boating activities. Ducks are seen floating on the sparkling water, emphasizing the tranquility of the setting. In the background, the town of Argenteuil sits peacefully with its buildings and trees.

Monet has employed quick brushstrokes and a bright palette reflecting the play of light upon the water and sailboats, a technique characteristic of Impressionism. The sky, filled with blue tones and soft white clouds, conveys the atmospheric conditions of the day. The reflection of the boats and the light on the water is masterfully recreated with a mosaic of color, capturing the essence of the moment rather than the minute details. Monet’s skill in depicting the effects of light and his ability to capture a moment in time are brilliantly demonstrated in this piece, making it a classic example of Impressionist landscape painting.

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