«The Grand embankment in Le Havre. From the collection of the State Hermitage Museum»
The Ekaterinburg Museum of fine arts opened an exhibition of one of Claude Monet's masterpieces. It is "The Grand embankment in Le Havre. From the collection of the State Hermitage Museum".
Claude Monet (1840-1926) can be called a "reference impressionist". He worked in the open air. Le Havre was his hometown. When he went to study in Paris, he returned more than once and painted a dozen landscapes at various times. The port city was generally popular with artists of this time. However, as a rule, to create canvases, was chosen a place from which not only the Harbor with ships could be seen, but also the buildings of the city's embankments. The angle chosen by Claude Monet seems unique in this series.
On the one hand, the view from above in the "Grand quay in Le Havre" allows to show the confusion of port life, on the other hand it allows to avoid the need to prescribe details. The artist's brush is so fast that the mobile pictorial matter from which bales and people are born, it seems, can compete with the mobility and variability of Claude Monet's favorite elements, also present on the canvas. Claude Monet is extremely generous with color. It seems that he is completely captured by the unprecedented richness of colors that are revealed to his eyes, which sparkled in the rays of the setting sun. The painting reflects vividly the work of Claude Monet during the most daring years in the history of impressionism.