Wharf of Louvre, Paris (1867) by Claude Monet

Wharf of Louvre, Paris - Claude Monet - 1867

Artwork Information

TitleWharf of Louvre, Paris
ArtistClaude Monet
Dimensions93 x 65 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationGemeentemuseum den Haag, Hague, Netherlands

About Wharf of Louvre, Paris

The artwork “Wharf of Louvre, Paris” is an oil on canvas painting created by the renowned Impressionist artist Claude Monet in the year 1867. A quintessential example of the Impressionist movement, the painting measures 93 by 65 centimeters and can be categorized as a cityscape genre. This piece is part of the collection at the Gemeentemuseum den Haag in The Hague, Netherlands.

The artwork epitomizes Impressionist sensibilities with its vivid representation of light and atmosphere. It portrays a bustling Parisian riverside scene near the Louvre, filled with activity and movement. The use of quick, visible brushstrokes imbues the scene with a sense of immediacy and the transient effects of light, a hallmark of the Impressionist style.

Dominating the foreground are figures of varying sizes, suggesting depth and movement. The populace, depicted in a range of activities, is rendered in loose, almost abstract shapes, affording a glance at the social life of the era. Horse-drawn carriages and strolling individuals populate the scene, while the midground is reserved for the wharf and a line of trees with golden hues denoting the season or time of day. Structures and buildings, along with the distinctive architecture of the city, fill the background. The sky above is a vast expanse with fluffy clouds, conveying a sense of openness and the changing play of natural light. Monet’s signature on the lower right corner finalizes the piece, solidifying its authenticity and historical significance.

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