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Claude Monet  Impressionist Painting
Poppy Field in Hollow”

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     Monet shocked his contemporaries and revolutionized the way art was produced in the 19th century by painting en plein air — outside the studio. It was the only way he could capture the nuances of shimmering light and opalescent color that only nature could provide for paintings like Poppy Field in Hollow which was painted in 1885, just before sales of Monet's art work began to significantly improve and  
Poppy Field in Hollow, 1885, oil on canvas , 25.7 x 32 in / 65.3 x 81.3 cm
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reviews by critics became more positive. By the time he painted Poppy Field in Hollow he was no longer having paintings impounded because of bad debts and he was no longer the typical “struggling artist". The impressionist movement he had founded in 1874 at the first exhibition of such work was gaining momentum and popularity. Some critics still accused Monet of “brutality" and “roughness" as well as “lack of artistic pleasantness" but the public liked his paintings. Unlike the prolific output of other years, Monet produced relatively few paintings in 1885 such as Boats in Winter Quarters, Etretat
     Claude Oscar Monet was born in Paris in 1840 and grew up in Le Havre. He  attended the Acade
mie Suisse in Paris with Camille Pissaro from 1859-1860. During his enrollment in Charles Gleyre's studio in 1862, he painted alongside Renoir and Sisley.
     Monet fled to England  with Pissarro in 1870 to avoid conscription into the military during the Franco-Prussian War. For two years they studied the works of Constable and Turner. Although an excellent caricaturist, Boudin converted him to landscape painting. The great amount of time he spent with Pissarro affected his painting style, changing his choice of colors and continually decreasing the size of his brushstrokes.
Photo of Claude Monet in 1923-24 on the Rose Path leading to the house in his garden at Giverny.

     Pissarro (godfather of Monet's son Jean), however, returned to France and was killed during the war which also seriously injured Renoir. This sometimes drove Monet to bouts of depression and pessimism during and after the war. He took the death of his good friend Camille very badly. But they were prosperous days if not happy ones and enabled him to afford rent large rented homes in Argenteuil with great scenery which were the subject of many of his paintings. Monet lived in Argenteuil with his family for nearly eight years and it was there that he gained his place in history.
     The paintings he did at Argenteuil became greatly polished and he produced a stunning variety of work. He discovered his great talent for landscapes although it was discouraged by critics at
the time. Monet believed nature was a sanctuary from the sadder side of life — particularly commercial development — and he made sure every home he had after the war had a luxurious garden — or he made one.
    
In 1883, Monet settled at Giverny near Paris where he created the extensive water gardens and lily ponds which became the predominant theme in his work. It was there that he painted the series of large-scale paintings of water lilies for which he is perhaps most famous.
 
    Monet experienced the extremes of both poverty and prosperity during his lifetime. Despite failing eyesight, he continued to paint almost until his death on 5 December 1926.

     Above is a photo of Claude Monet in 1923-24 on the Rose Path leading to the house in his garden at Giverny.

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