Claude Oscar Monet painted the landscape Evening At Argenteuil in 1876. The artists had moved to the city with his family in the year of 1871, as he was extremely appealed to the aesthetic values of the area. Argenteuil was filled with boat enthusiasts of many sectors, like rowing and yachting. He only began his series of boat paintings after 1875. This particular painting highlights the Seine river, rather than the boating itself. This French river was portrayed in works of many modern artists of the Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, like Pierre Auguste Renoir and Vincent Van Gogh.
The Japanese woodcut prints became very popular between the Impressionism, including Monet. Artists like Hokusai worked with a printing technique called Ukiyo-e, a Japanese version of the traditional woodcut that allowed the artist to work with watercolors. The unusual compositions, vibrant colors, and themes of nature and the everyday life grasped Monet’s attention and were significant influences on his artwork. Impressionists had a great respect and admiration for nature, and they mostly worked en plein air, meaning they painted outside. This way of working that involved leaving the neutral studio enviroment helped artists to observe the optical effects of natural light on the landscape.
In the landscape Evening At Argenteuil, Monet concentrates on the Impressionistic view he had on the scene – he portrayed the effects of light using loose and visible brush strokes. A dark bush is in the forefront, painted in small vibrant strokes of paint. The water reflects the dark brown area on the river banks of the background, as this vegetation exceeds the limits of the canvas. The river also reflects the red, orange and yellow of the sky.
Monet depicted the faraway city in dark gray, and almost hidden behind the vegetation. The sky is represented with dark clouds, and the painted included small areas of blue and violet as well. This color palette is still very cautious and somber, compared to how Monet works later in his career, giving this artwork a mysterious and cold atmosphere. The warm colors of the canvas are gathered and create a vertical stripe in the middle of the canvas – reflecting perfectly on the surface of the water as if it were a mirror.
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