Woman in the Garden(Saint-Adresse)

By Claude Oscar Monet SKU:40556

Monet's 'Woman in the Garden (Saint-Adresse)' (1867) is a hallmark of the Impressionist era. Through its energetic brushstrokes and luminous color palette, it captures transient light and color effects, a testament to the movement's innovative approach to outdoor painting. It is special due to its emblematic exploration of modern life, portraying a seemingly candid moment in the leisurely life of the bourgeoisie. This work underscores Monet's lifelong fascination with the interplay of light, nature, and human presence, shaping the future of Western art.

38 cm

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Claude Monet’s “Woman in the Garden (Saint-Adresse)” is a significant painting in the canon of western art, particularly within the Impressionist movement. Painted in 1867, it displays the early hallmarks of this iconic style that Monet helped pioneer.

Art Style: Impressionism

Impressionism, born in the mid-19th century, emphasized capturing the fleeting effects of natural light and color. Artists often painted en plein air (outdoors) to directly observe and depict these changes. In “Woman in the Garden,” Monet employed loose, quick brushstrokes, a defining characteristic of Impressionism. These strokes render the woman, the trees, and the flowers in a way that captures their essence rather than their minute details.

Monet’s color palette, though still somewhat subdued in this early work, is also indicative of the Impressionist style. He preferred pure, intense colors and seldom used black, instead employing dark tones and shadows composed of color.

Why it’s special:

“Woman in the Garden” stands as a fascinating testament to the evolution of Monet’s style and the dawn of Impressionism. It was created during his stay at Saint-Adresse, a seaside town in Normandy, where he sought to capture the interplay of light and shadow in nature, an ambition that later became central to Impressionism.

Moreover, the painting’s creation was a feat in itself. The large canvas (approximately 100 inches wide) would have been cumbersome to handle outdoors, pointing to Monet’s determination to paint from life. The work was well-received, unlike many of Monet’s later Impressionist pieces initially met with criticism, further indicating its pivotal position in his artistic journey.

Furthermore, “Woman in the Garden” also illustrates a critical thematic interest for Monet: the interaction between figures and their environment. In this painting, the woman seems almost immersed in the landscape, a precursor to Monet’s later works, such as the “Water Lilies” series, where the boundary between subject and environment becomes increasingly blurred.

Original size:
129.9 x 98.1 cm (width x height)
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Minimal order width:
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Maximum order width:
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