Snow Effect with Setting Sun (1875) by Claude Monet

Snow Effect with Setting Sun - Claude Monet - 1875

Artwork Information

TitleSnow Effect with Setting Sun
ArtistClaude Monet
Dimensions64 x 53 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationMusée Marmottan Monet, Paris, France

About Snow Effect with Setting Sun

The artwork “Snow Effect with Setting Sun” by Claude Monet, created in 1875, is an oil on canvas that belongs to the Impressionism movement. It measures 64 cm by 53 cm and is categorized as a cityscape. Presently, this piece resides in the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris, France. This work exemplifies Monet’s talent in capturing the transient effects of light on the landscape.

This particular painting showcases a winter scene in which the warmth of the setting sun filters through a chilly atmosphere, imbued with the omnipresence of snow. The gentle play of light against the cool shadows illustrates the signature technique of Impressionist art, emphasizing momentaneous visual impressions over detailed narrative content. Soft brushstrokes render the accumulation of snow on rooftops and the ground, punctuated by bare trees and subtle signs of life. The buildings appear hazy, veiled by the waning daylight and the crisp winter air, while wisps of smoke emerging from chimneys suggest the comfort of hearth and home within. The overall effect is one of serene beauty, with an underlying coolness that is contrasted by the warm hues reflecting the sun’s last rays. The figures in the landscape are depicted with just enough detail to evoke human activity without detracting from the enveloping blanket of winter’s touch.

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