Canal in Zaandam

By Claude Oscar Monet SKU:40571

"Canal in Zaandam" is a splendid example of Claude Monet's Impressionistic prowess, painted in 1871 during his sojourn in the Netherlands. Capturing the everyday life of Zaandam with vivid color palette and soft brushstrokes, Monet immortalized the changing reflections of light in the water. It stands unique as it marks a significant transition in Monet's style, emphasizing his growing preference for landscapes over portraiture, while offering a visual narrative of industrialization's impact on serene natural habitats.

31 cm

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Claude Monet, a celebrated French painter and one of the founders of Impressionism, painted “Canal in Zaandam” in 1871 during his stay in Zaandam, a town located in the province of North Holland in the Netherlands.

“Canal in Zaandam” is a unique work in Monet’s oeuvre as it reflects a special period of Monet’s life and an exciting divergence from his typical French landscapes. It provides viewers a fascinating window into a different culture and geography, marked by Dutch architecture and idyllic waterways. The picturesque scenes of Zaandam, with its windmills, canals, and quaint houses, inspired Monet to create some of his most extraordinary paintings.

With his iconic loose brushwork, Monet beautifully captured the reflections in the water, the atmospheric light, and the vivid colors of the houses along the canal, highlighting his mastery in portraying natural light and color. It is a perfect illustration of the Impressionist style, focusing on capturing the sensory effects of a scene rather than the details.

The painting is particularly special due to its historical context. Monet and his wife Camille were in self-imposed exile in the Netherlands, fleeing the Franco-Prussian War that was ravaging their homeland. This period had a profound impact on Monet’s work, introducing a new setting and influencing the evolution of his style.

Original size:
72 x 44 cm (width x height)
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50 cm
Maximum order width:
183 cm

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