Red boats in Argenteuil by Claude Monet

Red boats in Argenteuil by Claude Monet

The founder of impressionism, Claude Monet, his colleague and friend Edouard Manet once called “Raphael of the water.” Indeed, this element was for the French painter a special charm. It is known that he himself repeatedly traveled along the most famous French river – the Seine. Memories of these voyages then formed the basis of several canvases at once.

We should not be embarrassed by the fact that the boats are painted red. We even have every right to doubt that they really were. Monet liked to experiment with both color and light, as well as the play of light and shadow. Bright color

spots in his paintings are a common thing, whether it is a question of real objects or something not perceived by ordinary organs of sense.

Despite the fact that the Impressionists were among the first to move away from direct subject visualization, Monet’s landscapes are perceivable even at the physiological level. Here is the backwater, which is covered with mud and duckweed, through which the blueness of the water and the sky reflected in it appears. Apparently, it is hot weather, hanging a light whitish haze.

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