In 1886, Claude Oscar Monet traveled to the Netherlands for approximately ten days where he painted Tulip Fields With The Rijnsburg Windmill. Although he didn’t stay for too long, this trip was significant for the artist’s development as an Impressionist. The continuous fields of tulips were extraordinary to Monet as he had never seen flowers in that fashion. The human-made field of flowers created geometric patterns, like if someone drew large colorful squares and rectangles on the ground.
As an Impressionist, Monet valued working outside, or as the French called it en plein air. They painted landscapes while on location to capture the optical effects that natural light has on the scene – not interested in creating idealized landscape images in their studio. This brought artists closer to nature, something that gave Monet great joy. His fascination with the sunny Netherlands resulted in several paintings.
In Tulip Fields With The Rijnsburg Windmill, Monet worked with a beautiful and vast color palette. The forefront shows a broad field of bright red tulips. To the right, smaller patches of different colored flowers, painted with pink, red, yellow, green, orange, and white, that almost reach the horizon. The painter portrays a brown and lilac road and, on its other side, a windmill and some houses. These dark brown and black constructions contrast with the vibrant palette of the flowers. The windmill was loosely painted, giving it the impression of movement.
The far background show purple-blue mountains that touch an almost white sky. The clouds scatter as they rise and the sky turns into a darker blue. This sunny landscape was freely painted with thick layers of paint, expressive brushstrokes and complementary colors, resulting in great unity.
This painting is known for catching Vincent Van Gogh’s attention and inspiring him to work like the Impressionists. In fact, Theo – Van Gogh’s brother – was an art dealer and bought this artwork. The Impressionists were modern artists, meaning they felt the need to go against the imposed rules of the art academies, painting scenes of the everyday life, opposed to painting biblical and mythological subjects. Van Gogh was greatly attracted to Monet’s work, and it reflected on generations of artists to come.
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