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Claude Oscar Monet's iconic canvas La Grenouillere, painted in 1869 and currently on display at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, is an experiential rendering of a popular boating and bathing spot near Bougival to the west of Paris. This waterside bar was a favorite haunt of the emerging group that would become known as the Impressionists. In the summer of 1869, Monet was living near the establishment with his mistress, Camille.
Often painting alongside Auguste Renoir, and always working outdoors, Monet painted sketches of the scene with little to no underpainting, developing a style of direct, vivid depiction which would reach their zenith in the turbulent works of Van Gogh some twenty years later. La Grenouillere depicts the same scene as Renoir's painting La Grenouillere – as the two artists were sitting side by side. Many believe that the pair's sketches were in preparation for a more expansive composition to be completed in the studio – yet this reproduction from life retains an urgency and chromatic intensity that would be impossible to achieve in the studio.
La Grenouillere is an impeccable conjuring trick of light and movement. Monet used thick, confident strokes of color to hint at the boats moored beyond the canvas, and the small, yet highly intricate flecks of light unite to become a relaxed party of bathers. Although the constructive brushwork indicates a sketch in preparation for a larger work, it is hard to imagine a more dense and complex realization of a summer's day. Monet's truly impressionistic reproduction of the dancing rays of light between the leaves and upon the surface of the water perfectly enacts and embodies the lives of the leisure classes that would take the train from Paris to this idyllic spot.
The composition in this artwork is dynamic and daring. The pier – that looks more like a tiny island - divided the canvas horizontally, as the horizon would normally do in a landscape. Many people are standing under the shade of that is cast on most of the painting. There is a deck on the right side of the artwork with many people as well. A couple of boats are portrayed in the forefront exceeding the limits of the canvas.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of La Grenouillere, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of La Grenouillere that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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