Venice, Rio de Santa Salute (1908) by Claude Monet

Venice, Rio de Santa Salute - Claude Monet - 1908

Artwork Information

TitleVenice, Rio de Santa Salute
ArtistClaude Monet
Dimensions64.8 x 81.3 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Venice, Rio de Santa Salute

The artwork titled “Venice, Rio de Santa Salute” is an exquisite example of Impressionism, created by the celebrated artist Claude Monet in the year 1908. Fashioned using the medium of oil on canvas, the piece measures 64.8 by 81.3 cm and is categorized as a cityscape. This artwork presently resides within a private collection. Monet’s mastery in this piece reflects the quintessential characteristics of the Impressionist movement through its vibrant, fleeting brushstrokes and the encapsulation of light and its changing qualities.

In the artwork, Monet depicts a serene canal scene from Venice, where the play of light and color creates a sense of momentary ambiance, characteristic of Impressionism. The artist utilizes loose and expressive brushstrokes to convey the reflections on the water and the architecture of the buildings lining the canal. The painting’s composition showcases the intricate interaction between natural and man-made elements. The soft, fluid movement of the canal water contrasts with the vertical and horizontal lines of the surrounding structures, while a luminous sky sets the overall tone of the piece. The painting does not aim for precise architectural detail; rather, it communicates the essence of the place, focusing on the atmospheric effects of light. The subtle gradations of color and light suggest the time of day, possibly capturing a fleeting impression of dawn or dusk.

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