Claude Oscar Monet and Alice Hoschedé got married and moved together with their eight combined children to the small town of Giverny in 1883. The artist had gone through difficult times with the tragic passing of his wife, Camille – an occurrence that marked his life and consequently changed his way of painting. Monet and Alice began their new life by finding a house with a garden that they rented and later were able to buy, as Monet soon would gain more recognition for his work.
The Impressionists had a great passion for nature, and this transpired even more with Monet’s work. His new garden gave him an immense joy and horticulture became more than just a hobby. He and his fellow artist friends would join together to portray living creation and exchange information about gardening. Since these modern painters worked en plein air, meaning they painted outside to observe the natural lighting upon the landscape. With expressive brushstrokes and well thought out color schemes, Monet was able to portray beautiful views in an Impressionistic manner. What set Monet’s technique apart from his colleagues, is that he often painted en plein air, but gave the finishing touches to the artwork art his studio – causing criticism by other modern painters.
Monet depicted poppies in many of his landscape paintings and, in 1890, he concluded Poppy Field Giverny. Although the artist concentrated on portraying his beloved garden, he also enjoyed working on the beautiful landscapes of Giverny. In this artwork, Monet used a typical composition, as the red and green poppy field takes up about one-third of the canvas. The background holds a series of different trees – some are round, and some are thin and tall. The artist placed the tallest tree off-center, breaking the rigid composition.
On the far background, Monet depicted purple-blue mountains on the right side of the canvas. The blue sky is calm and gets lighter as it touches the horizon. There are a few small clouds painted in white as well. The Impressionist beautifully plays with contrasting warm and cold color combinations. The bottom part of the canvas is warm, as the red poppies take over the field. The trees in the middle are a mix of cool green and sunny yellow highlights, while the far background is overall cool with tonalities of blue.
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