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Painting, 1869, 89×130 cm

Description of the artwork «Forty»

The sun artist Claude Monet awoke with the dawn and sleep at sunset. Bright or scattered brush or flood all around, the light was his inspiration and passion. And the glare of the sun on short winter days – it's all the same sun. Monet wore three coats, gloves and penetrating frost left to write ice drift on the riveror haystacks in the snowbecause the snow is not just another form of life. Snow is a natural white canvas on which to study the sun and shadows even more reckless than on the stone or on the water. Snow is a pure scientific experiment.

The Painting "The Magpie" was one of the first snowy landscapes to impressionism in General and Claude Monet. This landscape is so deep, so cozy and warm that it is hard to imagine, looking at him as a hungry beggar, the artist leaves home and his patient wife and young son and goes into the cold to look for blue shadows on bright snow. Not counting on the understanding and recognition. For these colored shadows of Monet will accrue from critics, who firmly believes in gray. "I think the artist is hallucinating!" - laughed the Newspapers, and behind them the crowds of spectators. The snow is blue, purple or green! These mailki just crazy! The picture will not be accepted into the Salon of 1869 – it is simply outrageous, some conglomeration of colorful spots.

A single note in the score, a small mark on the fields of notebook, forty is the only thing in the picture and the only movement on it. Forty – a sign of transience and a sign frozen in time. She here briefly, arrived and soon will fly, minute – not more. And everything will change. For 1869 priceusa crooked fence forty – a real challenge in the face of all the respected winners of the first klonowski awards, which has successfully developed a petrified eternal themes: Venus in the wavesRomans in togas, the dying Joan of Arc.

After the magpies Monet dozens will go out on the hunt for snow: specially I would go to Norwayrun out with his easel in the midst of a terrible ice on the Seine. The village will be hiding in their homes, chilled to 40 centimeters deep into the river will begin to break down in the thaw by shutting ice on the coast and flooding with water the fields, fishing at home and not had time to escape accidents. "End of the world!" shout early in the morning at Monet's home, slamming him into the window. The roar is unbearable. Monet will write more 20 paintings with ice blocks. "Too cold"- say the critics of the Paris Salon, where the artist suddenly decides to try his luck, and won't take the ice.

Author: Anna Sidelnikova
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About the artwork

Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Landscape

Style of art: Impressionism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1869

Size: 89×130 cm

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