The Grenouillère (1869) by Claude Monet

The Grenouillère - Claude Monet - 1869

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TitleThe Grenouillère
ArtistClaude Monet
Dimensions74.6 x 99.7 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationMetropolitan Museum of Art (Met), New York City, NY, US

About The Grenouillère

“The Grenouillère” is a notable work by the French Impressionist artist Claude Monet, created in 1869. This painting is executed on canvas using oil paints and is classified within the genre painting category. It exemplifies the Impressionist art movement, renowned for its approach in representing light and color. The artwork’s dimensions are 74.6 by 99.7 centimeters, and it currently resides within the prestigious Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

In the artwork, Monet captures a lively social scene at La Grenouillère, a popular leisure spot on the Seine River near Bougival, just outside Paris. The depiction is suffused with vibrant brushstrokes that recreate the shimmering effect of sunlight upon the water’s surface. The composition is animated with figures leisurely enjoying their time beside the water—some are bathing, others are conversing on rafts, and a group can be seen within the pavilion on the right side of the painting. Visually arresting is Monet’s use of reflection and shadow in the water, which creates a sense of depth and movement. The artist’s focus on light and color over line and contour reflects the fundamental characteristics of the Impressionist movement, with the fleeting effects of natural light being a central theme of the work. This piece is an embodiment of the era’s innovative spirit and Monet’s profound influence on the history of modern art.

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