Monet's 1878 canvas The Avenue is an impressionistic reproduction from life and a positive view of domestic life as he saw it. Painted during a period of upheaval in the artist's life following the death of his mistress and mother of his children, The Avenue conjures an impression of a path leading from life to death flanked by the glory and magnificence of nature.
A few years previously Monet was commissioned to paint decorations for the country home of Ernest Hoschedé, a wealthy businessman, and collector of Impressionist paintings. During the time the artist spent with the family, he became close friends with each of them. When Ernest went bankrupt soon after, the painter and his wife offered to share their resources with the Hoschedés, and for a short while the families lived together at Vétheuil. Life at Vétheuil saw an upsurge in artistic activity from Monet, always working despite the rapidly declining health of his long-time partner Camille. Following her death in 1879, the wife of Ernest, Alice Hoschedé, became like a mother to Monet and Camille's children Jean and Michel. As Ernest worked to reestablish himself as a successful businessman, thus spending little time at home, Alice and Monet’s relationship developed into love.
Eloping together, Monet decided to travel the country until he found the countryside and house that suited him and Alice. A few years later the pair settled on Giverny, a village about eighty kilometers from Paris. It is easy to see, within The Avenue the uncertainty of the path ahead, yet the reconciling qualities of the natural foliage, encasing and protecting them. The new Monet family loved the house at Giverny, and the artist spent the rest of his life working in the garden on the premises. Along with his new wife, Alice, the family would remain in Giverny for the rest of their lives.
The centralized composition used in this painting form two triangular shapes; one on the road and the other following the trees – having both points to the horizon. The path is gray with scattered yellow leaves, as the green grass follows the side of the road. A sequence of trees stands tall, also on each side of the road and almost fades away the mournful figure standing in black. The orange leaves on the trees complement the hidden blue sky.
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