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Monet's The Afternoon Meal, painted around 1874, after the artist settled in Argenteuil, shows the ingredients of an al-fresco meal – conjuring an experiential reproduction of hospitality, warmth, and sociability that would characterize many Impressionist works.
During this period of frenetic artistic activity, the young painter found serenity in the bright, verdant landscapes of the area. Exercising his emerging techniques en plein air (outdoors) Monet conjured an experiential reproduction of the shimmering atmosphere of a day spent in an overgrown field in Summer. The vibrant contours and surprising rhythms seem to emerge organically from the natural world, with the charismatic dabs and sharp brush-strokes creating a visual impression that dances across the canvas. The human figures are used merely to anchor the painting, another element on the scale of changing color and light.
Giving up the larger-scale works of his early days, Monet began in 1870 to paint smaller, personal impressions. The Afternoon Meal is an exception to that rule. First exhibited in the second Impressionist exhibition of 1876 as a "decorative panel," The Afternoon Meal was produced on commission for the château de Rottenbourg in Montgeron. Possibly it was this painting, seen in Monet's studio or at the 1876 exhibition, which prompted Ernest Hoschedé to commission panels for his estate. This particular commission would have far-reaching consequences for the artist.
Around 1876 Monet was commissioned to paint decorative panels in the country home of Ernest Hoschedé, a wealthy businessman, and collector of Impressionist paintings. During the time at the Hoschedé family home, Monet and Ernest's wife Alice fell in love. Following the death of Monet's partner Camille in 1879, Alice and Monet’s relationship developed into love. Thus in The Afternoon Meal, it is possible to see the transition between two domestic worlds.
This painting portrays a beautiful scene of everyday life, with spectacular light and color. Monet depicts a table and a wicker basket with detailed chinaware, many fruits, bread, flowers, and glasses on top. Although he executed these elements in an Impressionist style, all of the elements are very recognizable and, in a sense, realistic. On the right of the canvas, a purse and parasol lay on a wooden bench. Right under the table, on the right side, a child plays on the ground. The whole forefront of the composition lays under the shade of a flowering tree. The background is bathed in sunlight, as two women take a stroll in the garden.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Afternoon Meal, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Afternoon Meal 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.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure plastic tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
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.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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