Claude Oscar Monet painted the seascape called The Green Wave in 1866 and concluded the artwork a year later while visiting the coast of Normandy. The artist exhibited this artwork in the Impressionist exhibit of 1879 and got the critics saying it was “directly influenced by Edouard Manet.” In fact, the way Monet placed the horizon on the top of the canvas, as well as his style of painting and the construction of the composition is similar to Manet’s work – notably Battle of the Kearsarge and the Alabama, and The Kearsarge at Boulogne, paintings Monet had seen in a Paris art show during the same time. The Impressionist later changed the date of the artwork to 1865, even though it was not the correct year.
Edouard Manet was a Realist artist who inspired many of the Impressionists and is considered by many historians as one of the men who opened the doors to modern painting. Although Manet served as an influence to the newer generation of painters, he did not wish to work with their group and still wanted to achieve the approval of the institution, submitting works to the Paris Salon. Monet, on the other hand, along with his Impressionist colleagues, went in a different direction and organized their own art exhibit in 1874, calling it the Salon des Refusés – meaning the Salon of the rejected.
The Japanese art served as an excellent source of inspiration for Monet, as well as his Impressionist friends. These artworks came to Europe with almost no value, but these artists understood their worth. The Classic Academies strived for art that was reminiscent of the ancient Greeks, like the Paris Salon. The Japanese woodcut prints served as an opposition to this imposition, working with different aesthetics and themes. These woodcut prints, done in the Ukiyo-e technique, brought unusual compositions and perspectives, as well as vibrant colors and dark contours.
The Green Wave is a dynamic representation of the quickness of the sea. The water changes in many tonalities of green, and takes up almost the whole canvas. There are small sailboats seen battling the rough waters. The bubbling water the splashes on the closest boat, and is portrayed with thick strokes of white pigment. The sky is blue-gray, symbolizing uncertain weather. The way Monet orients the flow of his expressive brush strokes gives an impressive sense of movement to the scene.
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