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Windmills near Zaandam

by Claude Monet

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Windmills near Zaandam - Description

Zaandam in the 1800s was a booming town, dotted with windmills that served the logging, paper and shipbuilding industries. When Monet moved to the area, he became fascinated with the windmills and would paint them multiple times during his stay. In "Windmills Near Zaandam," the viewer is treated to an absolute thicket of orange and brown windmills. Several large windmills appear in the center of the painting, and more stretch to the distance on their side of the painting, growing smaller and smaller. The viewer is standing in the middle of the river, a technique Monet was fond of, as it forces the reader to follow the path ahead, deep into the painting. This relentless move to the back is broken by a bridge, connecting the two sides of the canvas. A lone figure walks across the bridge. Two other figures can be seen in a small boat below, although all figures are painted as mere suggestions without much detail. The sky is deep and dark, the blues and grays contrasting with the bright colors of the windmills. The river picks up this same palette. The small grasses and hedges lining the river are painted in truse Impressionist style, with quick, upward brush strokes. "Windmills Near Zaandam" gives the viewer a taste of what it was like to live in this booming city during Monet's time.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Windmills near Zaandam

Original Artist: Claude Monet
Subject: Landscapes
Style: Impressionism
Medium: 100% Hand-painted on Canvas
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