Camille Monet in the Garden at Argenteuil, 1876 by Claude Monet


Camille Monet in the Garden at Argenteuil, 1876


Claude Monet

Ref GM3265
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 12" x 16" (30 x 40 cm)
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In 1876, Monet made no less than ten paintings of his rented house and garden at Argenteuil. The house, Pavillon Flament at Argenteuil, into which Monet and his family moved in June 1874 had a large circular garden which provided subject matter for seven of his paintings in 1875 and then the following year, his most important motif in those years. This canvas may be among the ones he painted in June, when he was working on "a series of rather interesting new things." Madame Monet seems incidental in comparison to the impressive stand of hollyhocks in the middle of the composition. Flickering brushstrokes of brightly coloured paint make the canvas appear to pulsate with light. In those year, portraits of women were mostly ordered by bourgeois clients, but among progressive painters, the artistic structure became more important than the identity of the portrayed person. The masterly style, the lack of details, and the plainness of the colours led to a completely new directness of expression, independent of the facial gestures of the depicted person. In this picture, the shimmering reds, blues, greens, and white that capture the brilliance of a sun-drenched day are applied with many small brushstrokes, whose varied shapes create the different textures of flowers, grass, and clothing. Meanwhile, the features of the woman are completely indistinct.