Claude Oscar Monet painted Landscape On The Ile Saint Martin in 1881, the same year he and his partner Alice Hoschedé moved from Vétheuil to Poissy with their combined eight children. Before this, Monet and his wife Camille lived with the Hoschedé family, but after her premature death, the artist became close to miss Hoschedé – eventually, they got married. Monet did not enjoy their recent move to Poissy, and two years later the family discovered a small town called Giverny, where Monet and Camille spent the rest of their days.
In Landscape On The Ile Saint Martin, Monet portrayed a beautiful view with vibrant colors that bring the vegetation to life. The row of distancing green trees create a diagonal line on the canvas – the artist doesn’t vary too much in the tonalities of green, but he contrasts the shading. On the other hand, he used a great variety of colors for the field of grass next to the trees. With vivid and short brush strokes of tonalities of green, blue, gray, red, yellow, orange, and pink, Monet creates a fantastical illuminated field with blossoms. He timidly placed a brown earthy pathway in the field as well.
The far background depicts lively hills that seem to change color as the sun hits it – with yellow, green, and pink, along with what appears to be a white fence. The hills cut the canvas horizontally almost in half. The sky holds some white clouds in the left corner but gets darker to the right. One single tree from the front of the painting stands out for its size exceeds the limit of the canvas and pierces the sky.
The Impressionists worked en plein air, meaning they painted outside to capture the optical effects that the natural sunlight had on the landscape. Monet was very connected to nature and preferred a simple life in the countryside, then the business of the big city. The Japanese art came to Europe as an inspiration for the modern painter, as these woodcut prints represented an opposition to the Classic art of Western civilization. This exotic art worked with themes of the everyday life and nature, as well as a different aesthetic than Europe was accustomed to seeing.
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