PARIS, 887. MUSÉE D'ORSAY.
Monet, Femmes au jardin.
Ph Daniele Cenci, 17-27/08/2018.
PASSEGGIATE INTERNAZIONALI 11.
Women in the Garden is an oil painting begun in 1866 by French artist Claude Monet (1840-1926) when he was 26. It is a large work painted en plein air; the size of the canvas (255 x 205 cm) necessitated Monet painting its upper half with the canvas lowered into a trench he had dug, so that he could maintain a single point of view for the entire work. His companion Camille posed for the figures. Monet finished the work indoors, and used magazine illustrations to render fashionable clothing. Monet at this time was early in his career, experimenting with method and subject matter. His earlier paintings were successful at Paris Salons, but Women in the Garden was rejected in 1867 on the grounds of subject and narrative weakness. The Salon was also troubled by Monet's heavy brushstrokes, a style which would, of course, become one of the hallmarks of Impressionism. A judge commented, "Too many young people think of nothing but continuing in this abominable direction. It is high time to protect them and save art!" The painting was purchased by fellow artist Frédéric Bazille to help support Monet at a time when he had no money.
There's such a magical quality to Paris; one that still hasn't gone away after the many times I've visited. The history, the architecture, the little details, it all makes Paris one of the more enchanting cities in Europe. This was taken in Tuileries Garden, a massive outdoor space near the Louvre with ponds, fountains, and iconic green steel chairs scattered throughout. It's the perfect place to stop and people watch 😊
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