Description of Claude Monet's painting “Poppies” (by Argenteuil)

Description of Claude Monet's painting “Poppies” (by Argenteuil)

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The painting "Poppies" (Poppy Field near Argenteuil), which was created by Monet in 1873, depicts a field with a rare chain of low trees separating the earth and sky. The landscape, which at first glance seems so simple and simple, has a very clear and thoughtful composition.

The picture is clearly divided into almost equal four parts, as if drawn by a cross, where a bright, dark, distinct and rough horizontal line intersects a barely noticeable, supposed vertical line. The point of intersection of the conditional cross is a house in the center of the picture, connecting the entire composition.

Interesting, saturated in the semantic, emotional and artistic plans, the lower left part of the picture, dotted with red strokes of flowering poppies. The original solution creates the illusion of the picture in the picture, reinforced by two human figures repeating each other on the hill and slope of the poppy palette. An elegant woman in a hat and with a blue umbrella is the artist’s wife Camilla, and the boy next to her is Jean, their son.

The repeated image gives the impression of their movement along a barely noticeable path going from the top of the hill. A large tree, leaving a crown in the sky, enhances the effect of the completeness and significance of this part of the picture.

The right part, in contrast to blooming poppies, is almost colorless, serves as a backdrop for the woman depicted in the border region, filling in the right fragment of the picture. The sky is written in several strokes, the missing whitish spots of the canvas untouched by paint indicate that the artist obviously did not consider it necessary to pay more attention to the upper part of the picture.

In general, the canvas affirms earthly, mundane values, which in this context are of paramount importance. To solve this semantic problem, the artist uses all the means available in his arsenal.

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