Claude Oscar Monet painted the seascape Fishing Boats in 1885. During this time, the artist had been introduced to other modern painters like Johan Barthold Jongkind, Fredric Bazille, Auguste Renoir, and Alfred Sisley by his mentor, the Swiss artist called Charles-Gabriel Gleyre. In 1883, Monet and his wife, Alice Hoschedé gave up on the busy city life and moved to the countryside in Giverny, where they bought a house with a large garden. Many of his colleagues would visit and portray his fantastical garden.
The Impressionists worked mainly en plein air, meaning they painted outdoors in French. They would often work in groups, depicting the same landscape. Renoir and Monet worked together on many occasions, observing the fleeting effect of light on a landscape and learning from each other. These modern painters were very rarely chosen to participate in the exhibit of the Paris Salon since their aesthetic values and subjects in art opposed the view of the Classic Academies. But in 1865, Monet had two seascapes selected for the prestigious Parisian art show.
The Classic Academies based their teachings on the masters of the Renaissance, meaning they praised realistic oil paintings with biblical or mythological themes. In opposition, the newer generation of painters started to gather influence from the cultures of the Orient, like the Japanese and their artworks in Ukiyo-e, a technique similar to the traditional woodcut print. These prints brought a message of stillness and a great respect for nature – something the Impressionists deeply admired.
In Fishing Boats, the painter depicts a theme that he eventually became very well known for, as it is a recurring subject. Monet positions some fishing boats diagonally on the shore – in which the edge of the coast is also in a diagonal position to the canvas. The boats are dark and portray tonalities of ochre, red and black. The shore is brown and purple, creating a complementary combination with the yellow-ochre. The sea is rough and painted with vigorous brushstrokes of blue, turquoise and white. Monet positions the horizon on the top of the canvas, leaving only a small strip of blue sky showing. The painting as a whole is done in a very Impressionistic manner, meaning the painter translates his view on the landscape with a very modern style of painting.
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