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Claude Oscar Monet painted Still Life With Melon in 1872. The artist and his wife had just come back to France a year earlier, after fleeing the outburst of the Franco-Prussian War, and settled down in a small city called Argenteuil where they lived for about seven years. During this time, Monet still worked with traditional painting techniques and attempted to produce still-life paintings – although this was not a typical subject for him.
This was a period where the Impressionist movement was not yet concrete, but Monet was already experimenting with nontraditional techniques and styles. The oil painting Still Life With Melon is an example of the traditional artworks Monet produced before the groundbreaking Impression Sunrise. In a highly classic manner, the painter organized a composition with fine china, fruit, and a table cloth, an influence of the Realist French painter Henri Fantin-Latour. Monet depicts a pile of ripe peaches on a beautiful bowl that rests on an ornamented plate. Behind it, a large plate painted with blue floral patterns is perched on the wall, for decorative values. On the right side of the canvas, a carefully cut melon sits like a blossoming flower in spring, and in front of it are many green grapes.
Monet had a great domain with color combinations, and even before turning entirely to the Impressionistic style, already knew that by using complementary colors he could achieve great harmony. The fruits are vibrant in warm shades of yellow, orange, green and red-brown, while the plates and tablecloth bring cooler shades of blue. The background and table also give a complementary contrast, as the wall is blue-violet and the table yellow.
Only a couple of years later, Monet and his colleagues create their own art show called Salon des Refusés, or in other words, the Salon of the Rejected. They decided to create an alternative platform for artists like themselves that were often rejected from the Paris Salon for not fitting in the traditional standards of European art. The painting Still Life With Melon is an example of the work Monet did before letting go of traditional artistic values and wished to be accepted by the artistic industry of the time. The Impressionists began new traditions and used new aesthetic values to not only portray reality as they saw it but to express it.
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