"Terrace at Saint-Adress – Claude Monet
Description of the picture:
Terrace at St. Address – Claude Monet. Around 1867. Oil on canvas. 98.1×129.9
Among the impressionists, Claude Monet (1840-1926), whose painting “Impression is Sunrise” and gave its name to the colorful direction (from the French “impression” is a memory), was the largest master of landscape. His favorite themes are the sea and flowers, and on this canvas, written in the early period of creativity, Monet depicted a flourishing terrace on the seashore. The people on it are perhaps the artist’s father, uncle and cousins, but you can’t name a picture a family portrait, since everything in it is subordinate to the landscape.
The master himself spoke of this work: “Chinese painting with flags.” Renoir slightly corrected it, noting that it was “Japanese painting”: a horizontally elongated composition with the sea referred to Japanese woodcuts, especially to the works of Hokusai, which the impressionists had collected in those years. But the similarity ends here, since everything here is so flooded with catchy sunlight that the colors glow, and when you look at snow-white objects, you want to close your eyes. This is a real hymn to the sun, which the Impressionists considered a creator of any color. In the picture “Terrace in Saint Address»The main characters are light and color, and people are only a part of the world around us, in which everything is equally great, whether it be waves on the sea, a yellowish umbrella or a lady in a snow-white dress underneath."