Claude Oscar Monet painted Sailboat At Le Petit Gennevilliers in 1874, the same year he joined other modern artists to work together in the region of Paris. Along with Edouard Manet, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, and Pierre Auguste Renoir, the artists organized exhibitions that went against the academy, as their work was often not well received by the official Salon of Paris. As an Impressionist, Monet – as well as other artists who worked along with him – valued working en plein air, meaning they painted outside to capture the natural light of the landscape, producing a non-idealized scene.
Gennervilliers is located in the suburbs of Paris, not far from the center of the city and was a spot many artists of the time enjoyed portraying. The sailboats, a modern theme of transportation, and the sunlight on the flickering water were perfect motifs for the Impressionists to paint. In Sailboat At Le Petit Gennevilliers, Monet perfectly captured the calm evening with a beautiful color palette and loose brush strokes. He portrayed a singles sailboat, slightly to the right of the canvas – almost centered. The boat is against the light, so it is in the shade, painted with blue-gray, and the sail itself has a hint of magenta.
The water is calm and reflects the sailboat, along with the other boats and vegetation on the left side shore. It also reflects orange and red from the sky, as the sun seems to hide behind the grand sail. The plants are black and green, contrasting with the red-orange houses in the distance. The horizon is dark blue and painted in a simple manner.
Although the sailboat is the central figure of this painting, the sky is a real attention stealer. The base color is an opaque gray, making the few colors he used on it pop even more. Broad strokes of blue were used in the horizon, along with smaller amounts of orange. In the middle of the sky, scattered clouds of yellow, white and dark blue create an illusion of the effects the sunlight has upon them. A single moment in time captured for eternity in this magnificent seascape oil-painting.
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