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Red Boats of Argenteuil

by Claude Monet

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Red Boats of Argenteuil - Description

Claude Monet was keen on capturing accurate reflections of images in water. He loved to see bright colors shimmer and refract in the water's surface. He wrote to a friend, "These landscapes of water and reflections have become an obsession. It's quite beyond my powers at my age, and yet I want to succeed in expressing what I feel" (source: http://quote.robertgenn.com/auth_search.php?authid=299). Monet went so far as to execute many of his paintings while he himself was on a boat, so he could get close to the water and its reflection. In "Red Boats of Argenteuil," Monet places the viewer in the middle of a murky, algae-covered river. The algae obscures much of the water, and is painted in circles of yellow and green. In the direct center of the image, two red boats are moored. Their hulls are extremely bright and vivid, especially when contrasted with the blues and greens that make up the rest of the painting. They also have bright yellow masts, as do the other boats on the river. These bright red hulls and bright yellow masts are reflected and mirrored in the river's surface below, peeking out among the algae. Several figures stand on the dock, painted as colors without much detail. In "Red Boats of Argenteuil, Monet was clearly more interested in painting the boats and their reflection as accurately as possible.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Red Boats of Argenteuil

Original Artist: Salvador Dali
Style: Impressionism
Medium: 100% Hand-painted on Canvas
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