The Artist’s Family in the Garden, 1875
This work coincides with the last year Monet spent in his beloved home in Argenteuil with his mistress Camille and their two children. He was joined during his four years there by his close friend Pierre-Auguste Renoir and others who, as a group, forged the Impressionist style in a period of frenetic artistic activity in the small town.
The characteristic style was developed by creating experiential reproductions of the changing effects of sunlight on the wild foliage.
The subjects and objects are almost irrelevant in the chromatic reproduction of this idyllic scene. Light is the real subject here, as well as spatiality, and the natural world.
Monet's outdoor creative activity started an artistic revolution.
An experiential reproduction of the shimmering atmosphere of a day spent in an overgrown field in Summer.
Oil on canvas