Evening at Argenteuil (1876) by Claude Monet

Evening at Argenteuil - Claude Monet - 1876

Artwork Information

TitleEvening at Argenteuil
ArtistClaude Monet
Art MovementImpressionism

About Evening at Argenteuil

The artwork “Evening at Argenteuil” is an Impressionist landscape painting by Claude Monet dating back to 1876. The Impressionism art movement, to which Monet contributed significantly, is renowned for its approach to capturing the effects of light and atmosphere in outdoor scenes. This particular work encapsulates the essence of the genre through its depiction of a tranquil evening.

Monet’s “Evening at Argenteuil” portrays a serene waterscape as dusk falls, capturing the fleeting effects of light and reflection with his deft brushwork. The sky, tinged with shades of orange and yellow from the setting sun, casts a warm glow over the scene, while the water mirrors these ephemeral hues. Shadows and subdued tones convey the onset of evening, evoking a contemplative mood. The foliage and trees on the banks appear in soft focus, typical of the Impressionist style, which often sacrificed detail in favor of a more immediate sensory impression. A small boat with figures can be discerned on the river, lending a human element to the natural setting. The overall effect is one of harmony and tranquility, as the artwork captures the ephemeral beauty of a moment suspended in time.

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