At the first exhibition of the works of the Impressionists in 1874, held in the studio of the photographer Nadar, the famous work of C. Monet, “Capuchin Boulevard” was presented. The plot was taken by the artist from an ordinary picture of a Parisian street full of people and horse-drawn carts.
The “top view” was chosen by the artist to accurately convey the characteristic view of a busy street, and the sketch was made by Monet from the window of the same atelier where the exhibition took place, located on Boulevard de Capuchin, 35.
From a close distance, only small strokes are visible in the picture, but after looking at the canvas from some distance, the figures in the picture come to life, and the viewer has a feeling of hectic bustle of the busy street.
This work caused the greatest number of critics’ ridicule and misunderstanding of the public, but at the same time it became the standard for the transfer of momentary moments.
The works were written in two versions. One of the canvases, which depicts a gloomy day, is kept in the Kansas City Art Museum, the other is sunlit, in contrast to the shadow – in the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.