Original technique and a special relationship to color – this is what distinguishes the work of Monticelli. Even without resorting to complex everyday scenes or landscapes, using the example of a laconic still life, you can “decompose” the master’s technique. “A bouquet of flowers” contains the main features of manners – a dark background, bright colors of the main plot and spontaneous technique.
The artist used only pure colors, without mixing them, without creating smooth transitions. At the same time they are applied with clear, short, ragged strokes with a generous amount of paint. Because of this, the picture as if sparkles and shimmers. It is not surprising that his technique was compared with precious stones, which are fragmented and scattered throughout the canvas.
It is very difficult to see exactly which flowers are present in a vase, except that orange flowers have more or less distinct outlines. The rest are represented only in a contrasting combination of colors, from which the accent red and sparkling snow-white are knocked out. The picture makes a strong impression – this is the rare case when the unusual technique of the master brought unique dynamics and diversity to the dull static still life.
And the artist remained truthful – that which usually attracts us in bouquets of flowers is skillfully imprinted on the canvas – an unusual game of colors and their combination, mixed in a bouquet.
Contemporaries disapproved of the methods and manner of Monticelli, although he had his admirers. Van Gogh and Cezanne were very approving of the work of the “pre-impressionist” Monticelli.