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Claude Oscar Monet painted the still life Spring Flowers in 1864, during the beginning of his career. This painting has a different approach to representing nature than the artist is famous for, as it follows a more Classic technique. The flowers are carefully arranged and painted with great detail. This artwork can be seen as a reference to the early Classic masters that came before Monet.
Many modern painters were significantly influenced by the Oriental culture that arrived in Europe at the time. The Japanese woodcut prints brought themes of the everyday life and nature and brought artists closer to simple subjects. The Impressionists painted en plein air – meaning they painted outside - to experience their surroundings and is an influence for this new-found passion for nature. The Post-Impressionist Vincent Van Gogh wrote in letters to his family about how the Japanese prints inspired him to portray flowers – a feeling inherited by the Impressionists.
Spring Flowers represents an artwork that goes a bit against the Impressionistic techniques and is not a typical work of Monet’s production at the time – which was mainly composed of landscapes and seascapes. In this particular oil painting, Monet realistically painted the flowers, with nearly no visible brushstrokes. This almost idealized still life has a natural color palette, as the artist chose a variety of colorful flowers to portray.
Many modern painters saw still life paintings as a motif to study color combinations and different painting techniques, without worrying about other elements like perspective or portraying human anatomy, for example. In Spring Flowers, Monet pays excellent attention to detail, light, and shadow, as well as the composition. A bundle of white roses with yellow cores grasp the viewer’s attention in the forefront of the canvas – which are the most loosely painted flowers, but still realistic. Two smaller red flowers are placed in the bottom right corner.
As the flowers get farther into the background, more shadows are cast upon them. Monet places bundles of tiny blue, yellow-orange, and violet flowers on the table as well. The flowers in the background carry more leaves, bringing tonalities of green in with the pink, red and purple flowers. The background shows on the top right corner and is painted in dark brown.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Spring Flowers, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Spring Flowers that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
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You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
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