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Yachts at Argenteuil

by Claude Monet

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Yachts at Argenteuil - Description

Claude Monet wrote, "One day Boudin said to me, 'Learn to draw well and appreciate the sea, the light, the blue sky.' I took his advice" (source: This lesson would serve the artist well during his long career, as he would repeatedly paint blue skies dappled with clouds and the sea in various stages of waves and calm. Monet would also become a master of painting with light, using reflection, shadow and highlighting to full effect. In "Yachts at Argenteuil" the viewer is immediately drawn to the bright red, luminous boat in the center of the canvas. This red is replicated nearly exactly in the calm waters below. The river is crowded with boats, all in neat and orderly lines. The yellow masts of the boats reach upward in straight vertical lines, and downward in similar straight lines in their reflections. When combined with the strong horizontal line of the horizon, the painting seems to have a strict, geometric grid. At the left of the image, two figures stand on the dock. Trees and houses line up behind them. These same images are reflected in the water below, although the top of the tree extends off the canvas. The sky above is beautifully rendered in blue and white, speckled with clouds. While "Yachts at Argenteuil" is a very geometric painting, it is also softly reflective and calm.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Yachts at Argenteuil

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