White Poppy (1883) by Claude Monet

White Poppy - Claude Monet - 1883

Artwork Information

TitleWhite Poppy
ArtistClaude Monet
Dimensions37.2 x 117.5 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About White Poppy

The artwork titled “White Poppy” was authored by the eminent Impressionist painter Claude Monet in the year 1883. This oil on canvas piece exemplifies the Impressionism art movement and belongs to the flower painting genre. Measuring 37.2 by 117.5 cm, the piece is in a private collection. As a representation of Monet’s focus on light and brushwork, this work portrays the delicate features of a white poppy.

The artwork showcases a single poppy flower in full bloom positioned against a warm, neutral background that illuminates the subject. With adept brushstrokes and a nuanced palette, Monet has captured the intricate details of the flower’s petals and the subtleties in its white hues, juxtaposed with the varied greens of the foliage. The poppy is centered within the composition, drawing the viewer’s focus directly to the blossom. The flower is presented in a simple vase with a pattern that provides a touch of detail without detracting from the overall simplicity and elegance of the work. The choice of a vertical orientation emphasizes the length and delicate structure of the poppy stem.

Monet’s use of light and shadow, as well as his characteristic loose, swift brushstrokes, imbues the piece with a sense of immediacy and the fleeting nature of light which are hallmarks of the Impressionist movement. The painting captures a moment in time, reflecting Impressionism’s preoccupation with the sensory impression of a scene rather than a detailed, hyper-realistic representation. Overall, “White Poppy” by Claude Monet is a testament to the artist’s mastery over the medium and his ability to convey the transient beauty of nature through the language of Impressionism.

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