Claude Oscar Monet painted The Artists House At Argenteuil in 1873, a significant year for the artist as well as for the movement he was part of – the Impressionism. It was during this time that the painter concluded Impression Sunrise, the painting that would ultimately name the movement, even though it was a pejorative term at the time. A year later, they held their first exhibition and called it Salon des Refusés, or the Salon of the Rejected, as they were mostly excluded from the prestigious art show of the Paris Salon.
The Impressionist movement went against the traditional standards of art imposed by the Classic Academies. They painted in a very modern way, refusing to be contained by their studio space and freely painting outdoors, or as they called in painting en plein air. Monet and his colleagues would join in groups to paint the same scene together and exchange information with each other about style and technique, focusing on the fleeting optical effects of the sunlight on the landscape and figures.
Monet and Camille Doncieux were a newlywed couple, and they moved together with their children to a house in Argenteuil in December of 1871. Their home was near the Seine river, a subject depicted by many modern painters, like Edouard Manet and Vincent Van Gogh. In The Artists House At Argenteuil, Monet captures a scene of his daily life in his home. He always enjoyed gardening, so it is natural that his surroundings would be filled with plants and flowers.
His child stands in the forefront, facing the back of the garden, holding a hoop, and wearing a white dress with a sun hat. The left side of the canvas depicts many vegetations, with ochre and green trees, as well as purple and red flowers. There is a tall, dark tree in the background as well. The right side shows a row of Oriental vases filled with blossoming white flowers and his house on the far side that casts a shadow upon most of the painting. Camille stands on the steps of the entrance door, checking on her child. The house features climbing vegetation which blends into the constructions features, like its tall brown windows. Monet enjoyed portraying these natural scenes of his daily routine, and this was considered a very modern theme for painting.
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