Welcome to day eighteen of our Art Blogmas. Today we’re hosting a beautiful painting made by the French Impressionist painter Claude Monet – Impression, Sunrise. Keep on reading to learn more about it.
Art Blogmas 2021
Impression, Sunrise by Claude Monet is the only painting in Art History that gave the name to the whole art movement. It was this painting that inspired the name of one of the first modern styles in art – the Impressionism.
‘They asked me for a title for the catalogue, it couldn’t really be taken for a view of Le Havre, and I said: Put Impression.’
Claude Monet: Impression, Sunrise
This iconic painting was created in 1872. Monet painted the sunrise at the port of Le Havre, his hometown.
It’s displayed today in one of my favourite museums in Paris – Musée Marmottan Monet. It has one of the best collections of paintings made by that famous Impressionist painter. And it’s still a hidden gem in the French capital.
Like many of his artworks, the painting is a part of a series showing the same motif at different times of the day. This one became the most famous among them.
He painted the port with two small boats in the foreground and more small boats in the middle ground and background. The focal point of the painting is the bright red sun.
With his loose brushstrokes, Monet is more interested in painting the light and water than recreating the realistic scene.
The painting was stolen from the Marmottan Monet Museum in 1985. However, it was recovered five years later and displayed again in 1991.
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