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Painting, 1874, 149×115 cm

Description of the artwork «Argenteuil»

Familiarity Claude Monet and Edouard Manet began with the obvious misunderstanding – the confusion with the names. After the opening of another Salon to mana began to approach friends and to praise two of his Marina. What Marina? He was not sent to the Salon no Marin! It turns out that some young lout uses the similarity of the names to become famous, not only – and even his paintings have more success. Over time, grievances and complaints disappeared in a huge mutual respect and admiration.

In the summer of 1874, the artists worked together on the banks of the Seine, in Arzhanteye – like mane and decided to play with their friends in their impressionism. But by their rules. All impressionistic findings this summer he has tried and mastered: short jerky strokes, light palette, plein air, and sunlight. And still remained himself. He wrote the water and landscapes the Claude Monet working in a floating Studio boat but always found something that interested him always: the relationship between men and women and the internal laws of scenic works, which do not always coincide with the regularities of natural colors.

So there was a mysterious Mediterranean blue of the Seine in the picture "Argenteuil" for which Manet frantically denounced critics demanding the validity of it, and that was another attempt of the artist to train the eye of spectators on a new look for sincere, emotional art. "The artist can Express with the help of fruits and flowers or some clouds"- says mane. And this time, he had the blue of the Seine to create the joyful mood in which he was staying that summer in which there were couples around him, slowly floating down the river and laughing loudly. When at the Salon of 1874, who timidly tried to praise the painting of Manet, he always shouted in response: "But that blue!" "River Indigo, dense as metal, as straight as a wall"- bogged down in the resentment of criticism. They were interested in only one defiant blue river. This mane just mocks and laughs at them, purposely arranges the hype and fanning the scandals around his name.

"My ambition is never to repeat tomorrow what I did yesterday"- said mana. And after this summer he'll never write a blue Seine, but I'll write "Spring" sold in 2014 for $ 65 million and "Bar "Folies-Bergere"and "In the greenhouse" never repeating themselves yesterday.

Author: Anna Sidelnikova
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About the artwork

Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Portrait, Marina, Genre scene

Style of art: Impressionism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1874

Size: 149×115 cm

Artwork in selections: 31 selections

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