Claude Oscar Monet painted the seascape Sailboats in 1864 and only concluded it two years later. He began this artwork a couple of years after serving in the military. Because of his health issues, the artist was discharged and head back to Paris. During this period, Monet began to study with the Swiss artist, Charles-Gabriel Gleyre, who introduced him to other modern artists like Alfred Sisley, Auguste Renoir, Johan Barthold Jongkind, and Fredric Bazille. They served as a significant influence on Monet’s technique and career.
As an Impressionist, Monet worked en plein air – meaning he chose to paint outside to capture the optical effects that light had on the landscape and figures – and he would usually do so accompanied by his fellow artist friends. In 1865, the painter had two seascapes excepted into the Paris Salon, the most prestigious artistic art show at the time. It was difficult for an artist like Monet to be accepted into the Salon, for the judges strived to preserve the strict norms of the Art Academies in the art they chose, and modern artists usually went against this. Although the painter was starting to be praised by the critics, he was still going through financial difficulties.
The painting entitled Sailboats is a genuinely Impressionistic take on a marine landscape. Monet used loose and visible brush strokes to portray the light shining on the boats and water. The left side of the canvas is filled with blue and red boats. The sails reach the top edge of the canvas and are painted with tonalities of gray and yellow. The water beautifully reflects all of these colors. Almost hidden behind the boats, in the far background, there are some dark brown buildings with chimeneas.
The right side of the canvas depicts black line over a light blue line, marking the faraway horizon. The sky and sea hold the same tone of blue, but the sky gets darker as it goes up and features areas of yellow light. Monet added zig-zag brush strokes to portray clouds, while the calm sea is smoother, enabling a quiet area for the viewer to rest their eyes. Monet continued to paint seascapes throughout his career, including the extraordinary works such as Argenteuil (Red Boats), Regatta at Argenteuil, and Sailboat at Le Petit Gennevilliers.
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