Claude Oscar Monet traveled to North-western France in 1882, in the small town of Pourville, where he stayed for a couple of months. During his stay, the Impressionist painted many seascapes of the town including The Path At La Cavee Pourville, Cliffs And Sailboats At Pourville, as well as his masterpiece entitled The Cliff Walk Pourville.
The artist was very enthusiastic about this new landscape and was eager to portray it. At the time, he was with his mistress and future wife, Alice Hoschedé. There was a significant artistic influence from the Japanese woodcut prints coming to Europe at the time, as they featured vibrant colors, unusual compositions, and themes of the daily life – like going to visit the beach with family. Monet creates many intimate and welcoming paintings by portraying modern subjects.
As an Impressionist, Monet valued working en plein air – meaning he worked outside to capture the optical effect light had on the landscape and its figures. This way of working was also inspired by a new way of making art. Modern artists went against the impositions of the Classical Academy – which felt painters should work in the studio, even when depicting an outdoor landscape. Because of this, many Classic artists would idealize scenes instead of portraying what they actually saw, like the Impressionists.
In The Path At La Cavee Pourville, Monet portrays a seascape with an unusual composition, as well as creating a mysterious atmosphere around it. The painter paints a path in the green, yellow, and brown-orange that leads to the ocean in the far background. This small road is in a kind of valley between tow hills, giving a sense of curiosity to the viewer as to what will be found beyond the hill.
A series of large and dark vegetation appears where the road ends, giving the impression that it continues beyond the trees, leading to a beautiful beach view. A small area of water can be seen, giving just a task of what lies beyond the path. The warm colors used in the grass of the forefront beautifully complement the turquoise, blue, and violet of the ocean and sky, creating a peaceful painting. The darkest area of the canvas is the vegetation on the end of the path, which also contributes to the unknown of what is beyond the road.
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