Breakup of Ice, Grey Weathe

By Claude Oscar Monet SKU:41324

Claude Monet's "Breakup of Ice, Grey Weather" (1880) is a quintessential representation of his Impressionist style. The painting captures the fleeting essence of a cold winter day using broken color and rapid brushstrokes, echoing the instability of the ice. It's special due to Monet's ability to convey the raw emotion and atmosphere of the scene, as well as its integral role in his series exploring varying conditions of light and weather - a radical concept at that time.

38 cm

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The painting “Breakup of Ice, Grey Weather,” created by the French Impressionist master Claude Monet, is a breathtaking example of his explorations in atmospheric depiction and his revolutionary painting techniques. Painted in 1880, this masterpiece is part of Monet’s celebrated “Ice Floes” series, which he created during the winters of 1879 and 1880.

Monet had moved to the village of Vétheuil in the French Vexin in 1878, and he stayed there through some of his most financially and emotionally challenging years. During the harsh winter of 1879-80, the Seine froze over, and Monet was struck by the unusual and spectacular scenery it offered. The river’s thawing process, resulting in the breakup of ice, provided an extraordinary subject for his paintings.

“Breakup of Ice, Grey Weather” is distinguished by its almost monochromatic palette, predominantly in shades of grey and blue. This greyscale technique serves to underline the harshness and chill of the winter, portraying a raw, unvarnished view of nature. The interplay of light, texture, and color showcases Monet’s talent and his commitment to capturing transient moments and changing atmospheres, core tenets of the Impressionist movement.

One aspect that makes this painting truly special is that Monet has painted the same scene at different times of the day and in different weather conditions, capturing the variations in light and color. This series includes other paintings like “The Breakup of Ice at Vétheuil, Facing Lavacourt,” where he uses a much warmer color palette. This practice of documenting a single subject under varying conditions would become a defining characteristic of Monet’s work, evident in his later series like “Haystacks” and “Water Lilies.”

Original size:
90 x 68 cm (width x height)
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