View of the Old Outer Harbor at Le Havre

By Claude Oscar Monet SKU:41283

"View of the Old Outer Harbor at Le Havre" (1874) is a testament to Claude Monet's mastery of Impressionism. This painting captures a fleeting moment at the French port, highlighting the changing atmosphere and light with rapid, loose brushstrokes. Monet's innovative approach to represent the transient nature of light and color set a cornerstone for Impressionism. The artwork is special as it embodies the very ethos of this movement, pushing the boundaries of the traditional methods of painting and initiating a new perception of the world around us.

30 cm

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Claude Monet, the French painter renowned for his groundbreaking work in the Impressionist movement, painted the “View of the Old Outer Harbor at Le Havre” in 1874. This piece is particularly noteworthy for its innovative use of color and light, hallmarks of the Impressionist style.

The artwork features the old outer harbor at Le Havre, a port city in northwestern France. Monet’s unique use of brushwork and light effects transforms the ordinary scene into an exquisite study of atmospheric conditions and the changing qualities of light.

In this painting, Monet successfully captures the ephemeral nature of the visual world, which is a central theme in Impressionism. Rather than aiming for an exact replication of the physical landscape, the artist seeks to convey the sensory experience of the scene.

“View of the Old Outer Harbor at Le Havre” serves as a testament to Monet’s talent for en plein air painting, a method favored by Impressionists in which artwork is created outdoors to capture natural light and color accurately. The technique was instrumental in breaking away from the restrictive, studio-bound practices of academic painting.

Beyond its artistic significance, this painting holds a special place in art history for its role in the establishment of the Impressionist movement. Created in the same year as the “Impression, Sunrise” – the painting from which the term ‘Impressionism’ was derived – it underscores Monet’s pioneering role in this revolutionary art movement.

Original size:
101 x 60 cm (width x height)
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50 cm
Maximum order width:
183 cm

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