Argenteuil, Late Afternoon (1872) by Claude Monet

Argenteuil, Late Afternoon - Claude Monet - 1872

Artwork Information

TitleArgenteuil, Late Afternoon
ArtistClaude Monet
Art MovementImpressionism

About Argenteuil, Late Afternoon

Claude Monet’s “Argenteuil, Late Afternoon” is a quintessential example of Impressionist artwork, painted in 1872. The genre of the artwork is landscape, and it embodies the Impressionist movement’s fascination with light, atmosphere, and the representation of the immediacy of the moment. Monet, a master of the movement, utilized loose brushwork and a vivid color palette to capture the transient effects of sunlight on the scenery.

The artwork portrays a serene scene set in the town of Argenteuil, where Monet spent several years and produced numerous paintings. It depicts a late afternoon ambiance, where the golden hues of the setting sun bathe the skies and reflect upon the calm waters. The composition is balanced with a cluster of trees to the right, which contrasts with the openness of the sky and the reflection-laden river.

On the river, several sailboats with their sails gently billowed by the wind occupy the middle ground, providing a sense of leisure and movement. The background reveals the silhouette of the town, punctuated by buildings and industrial chimneys that hint at the encroachment of modernity upon the natural landscape. The light and color in the artwork are skillfully manipulated to create an atmosphere that is both tranquil and dynamic, a fleeting moment caught on canvas by Monet’s impressionistic touch.

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