Claude Oscar Monet moved to Giverny in 1883 along with wife, Alice Hoschedé and their combined eight children. The couple found a lovely house in the countryside with a garden that they rented and later on were able to purchase. Monet remarried after the death of his wife Camille – a mark in the artist's life that reflected in his work, as he experimented more with his technique. Many other modern painters chose to live in the countryside, as they were closer to nature and lived a calmer life than in the bustle of the big city. In his new home, Monet created a fantastical garden of blossoming colorful flowers, tall trees and even a pond with a bridge – all subjects that he would repeatedly paint.
In 1888, Monet concluded the bright and colorful oil painting Young Girl In The Garden At Giverny. The artist portrays a girl in the forefront holding two bouquets of yellow and red flowers, as well as long green stems and leaves. She is placed on the right side of the canvas, facing the left. The young lady wears a wicker sun hat with a white flower on the front and a white dress with long sleeves. Her brunet hair rests on her shoulders, and her expression is bland – painted in a very simplistic manner, as the artist intended on focusing on the effects of light and color of the scene.
The background is composed of the many flowers of Monet’s garden, and they create a diagonal line across the canvas, as they boarder the road the girl walks upon. Monet loosely painted yellow, orange, red and pink flowers over green brushes. As the vegetation reaches the top edge of the canvas, they get darker, creating a beautiful contrast with the sunny figure in the forefront.
Monet would often wander the through the outskirts of his home to find beautiful landscapes to portray, but with his garden, he had an infinite amount of subjects to paint in his own yard. Like the other Impressionists, Monet painted en plein air, meaning he painted outside to capture the optical effects of the natural light on a scene and the figures. With expressive brushstrokes, the artist captures the impression of a fleeting moment of sunlight.
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