Monet's 1873 Wild Poppies is an emblematic work in the history of painting. After returning from England to escape the ravages of the Franco-Prussian war of 1870, Monet settled in Argenteuil and remained there until 1878. During this period of frenetic artistic activity, the young painter found serenity in the bright, verdant landscapes of the area. Exercising his emerging techniques en plein air (outdoors) Monet's Wild Poppies was exhibited at the iconic first Impressionist exhibition of 1874. Since that first public display, and the scorn heaped upon the group's efforts by public and critics alike, the painting has become one of the most loved and recognized canvases in the world.
Monet conjures an experiential reproduction of the shimmering atmosphere of a walk in an overgrown field in Summer. The vibrant contours and surprising rhythms seem to emerge organically from the natural world, with the charismatic dabs and sharp brush-strokes creating a visual impression that dances across the canvas. Delving almost into abstraction, the human figures are used merely to anchor the painting, fixing the diagonal slope of the hill as a scale of changing color and light.
It appears that Monet was never particularly interested in capturing the mood of the city. Instead, the artist preferred to create his impressionistic reproductions of his own place in nature. Settling in Argenteuil in late 1871, this primarily rural area was only eleven kilometers by rail from Paris yet offered the landscapes and scenes ideal for the artist to perfect his style. Shunning city-life, Monet immersed himself in the pastoral surroundings of life beside the Seine. His visual language was wholly steeped in the rhythms of the natural, rural – even rustic – world.
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