The Regatta at Argenteuil

By Claude Oscar Monet SKU:40551

"Regatta at Argenteuil," painted in 1872 by Claude Monet, is a quintessential Impressionist piece, celebrated for its en plein air technique and vibrant use of color. Monet expertly captures a fleeting moment of a boating event on the Seine, using quick, short brushstrokes to evoke the shimmering light and reflection on the water. The painting is special for its innovative treatment of light and atmosphere, evidencing Monet's pioneering influence in transforming perceptions of reality in art.

32 cm

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Claude Monet, a pioneer of the Impressionist movement, painted “The Regatta at Argenteuil” in 1872. This painting beautifully encapsulates the essence of Impressionism, with its focus on capturing light, atmosphere, and movement rather than realistic, meticulous detail.

Impressionism is a 19th-century art movement that originated in France. Artists of this movement sought to capture the sensory effect of a scene – the impression – over its details. It marked a departure from the academic art of the time, focusing instead on the artist’s perception and the fleeting effects of light and color.

In “The Regatta at Argenteuil”, Monet depicts a lively and casual scene of leisurely life at Argenteuil, a suburban town near Paris. The painting features sailboats gliding over the Seine’s tranquil waters, with houses and trees on the distant shore. The primary focus is on the interaction between light and water, the shifting hues of the water surface, the billowing sails of the boats, and the vibrant reflections dancing on the waves.

One of the reasons “The Regatta at Argenteuil” is special is because of Monet’s skillful and innovative use of color. Instead of mixing pigments on his palette, Monet applied pure colors to the canvas, allowing the viewer’s eye to blend the colors from a distance. This technique, known as broken color, gives the painting its distinctive shimmering, vibrating effect.

Another reason this painting is important is that it reflects the changing French society at the time. With industrialization and urbanization, leisure time and outdoor recreational activities became more popular. Through his brush, Monet portrayed these social changes.

The painting is also special because of its ties to Argenteuil itself. Monet lived there from 1871 to 1878 and painted some of his best-known works during this time. The Regatta at Argenteuil is a testament to his deep connection with the place.

Original size:
75 x 48 cm (width x height)
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Minimal order width:
50 cm
Maximum order width:
183 cm

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