Claude Oscar Monet concluded many paintings of the Seine river while living in Argenteuil from 1871 to 1878, including Sailing At Argenteuil. The French river was a reoccurring landscape in the work of many modern painters, including Impressionist, Post-Impressionists, and Pointillists. Boating was very popular during this period, and this enabled a perfect scene for painters like Monet to portray in fast Impressionistic artworks.
Like other Impressionists, Monet had a fascination with common scenes of the every-day life, as well as observing the optical effects of the sunlight over a landscape. Ocean and river themes were very popular amongst this group of artists because depicting water with oil paint and paint brushes is a challenge. The fleeting effect of light on a glistering surface is not easy to capture, but Monet did so beautifully in Sailing At Argenteuil. The Pointillists executed many color studies with complementary color palettes in which the Impressionists also adapted into their work to create greater harmony.
The Japanese woodcut prints brought to Europe at the time also served as a significant inspiration to this group of artists, including Monet. These artworks were vibrant and different from what Europe was accustomed to, as they brought stylized human figures and breathtaking nature. This is considered one of the reasons the artists decided to shift to working en plein air, meaning working outside in French.
The oil painting Sailing At Argenteuil shows a boat on the forefront with a large white sail that gives the impression that it takes up most of the canvas. The sailboat is blue, white, and red – a possible small homage to the French flag – and there are two men on it. On the left, a man sitting in the boat wearing a pink shirt and a hat, while the gentleman on the right wears dark blue clothes and is standing on the front of the boat. All of these colors reflect on the surface of the water in vibrant pigments. There is a small dock on the bottom right corner of the painting, as some white ducks underneath. The background shows other sailboats, as well as people in other boating activities. The horizon is filled with tall, full trees in dark green and brown. The blue sky is calm and has little clouds, as the day is very sunny and bright.
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