The Immpressionists at Argenteuil

Argenteuil is a suburban town on the outskirts of Paris.The riverside town lies on the banks of the beloved Seine River, immortalized in many works by Claude Monet and Eugene Boudin.They are just two of the many Impressionist artists inspired by the scenery of Argenteuil.The short seven-mile train trip from Paris also contributed in getting artists to the location.Argenteuil is not different than that of other smaller French cities, yet the contribution Argenteuil made to the evolution of modern French painting sets it apart from neighboring villages.
Monet and Boudin both painted very similar scenes of the small river town.Monet in particular painted a less classical piece than Boudin.Many critics have labeled Monet's Boat Basin at Argeteuil markedly modern because of evidence of industry and progress, steamers, and the likes of a floating bathhouse, which by the way is visible in Boudin's painting too.As if intuitively beginning where Boudin left off, Monet is drawn to a similar turn in the river where all the delights of the suburban setting are set out under a brilliantly rendered sky.
On the account that Monet inherited a lot of style from Boudin through his teachings it's not a surprise that they both were drawn to Argenteuil.Monet's work is displayed beautifully with oil on canvas.The work was completed in the year 1872.A critique of the piece was undoubtedly done with much forethought and care.Emanuel Zola, a critic wrote with much consideration for the artist's intent.Zola states that Monet had and affection for nature that man makes modern. Also that very often he would use a brush heavily laden with paint to give his works a different appearance.
Boat Basin at Argeteuil is subtly divided along two diagonals intersecting at the center of the piece.One diagonal is the tree line from the left and the other is the water's edge rising from the lower right.The cen…


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