The first time I came across Claude Monet’s work was when I received an art book of his works from a friend. Whenever I see a work of his, a soothing, calm feeling comes over me. Monet painted many sceneries, but what most appealed to me about his work was his ability to capture light in his paintings. In this painting, called Garden at Sainte-Adresse, he is able to portray a sunny day in a way that makes us feel as if we were there, feeling the hot sun on our skin. The brightness of the colors he used contributes to the overall radiant effect that this work of art gives off. For example, Monet painted the sunlight in a manner so that it would reflect gleamingly in the water. Furthermore, you can also see the use of contrasting colors in the garden. The garden is in full bloom, and it is overflowing with beautiful, colorful flowers. In addition, he was also able to capture another aspect of weather: the wind. You can see in this painting how Monet painted the flags in a way that gives you the perception of them fluttering in the wind. What captivated me most about this painting was how he was able to capture simple things like a gust of wind, the sparks of sunlight reflecting off the water, and the transparency of the the sky.
Claude Monet was a famous French painter and one of the founders of the Impressionism movement. Impressionism was a movement that emphasized the mutual reactions of light and color in paintings of ordinary subject matter. Impressionist artists were able to capture the dream-like, sensory effects of light and contrasting colors. The painting’s background is set in the town of Sainte-Adresse on the English Channel in France. The models were part of Monet’s family, and they are situated in a garden patio that seems to give the perception of an affluent lifestyle. These models are lounging on the patio, gazing at the steam ships passing by.
What is your reaction to the light used in this painting?
Does this painting remind you of any experiences you have had in your travels?
Does this painting spark your desire to travel? If yes, where would you like to go?