One of the most famous works of Monet was the series of paintings that he created in the 1890s. These were a series of paintings in which he painted a site again and again to record its changing appearance with the times of the day. In this process, the painting of light and shadow was the most challenging part for which he rented a room where there were multiple canvases so he could paint as the light shifted. His last painting series of the water-lily is still placed in Orangerie in Paris (Monet 49).
Description of the work: Regatta at Sainte-Adresse was completed in 1867. The painting’s dimensions were 75.2×101.6 cm and the medium was oil on canvas. It was the time of summer when he was entering the phase which was later known as Impressionism. However, at this time he had not developed the unique style that he was famous for. This and Garden at Sainte-Adresse were two paintings which contained many elements that were specific to the early works of Monet and showed the influences of different painters on his work.
His influences can be clearly seen in these two paintings and their subject matters. His early works concentrated on figure of two kinds; fashion and mood of relaxation. In Regatta, Monet has used the figures as decorative and framing elements. In Garden, these figures played a different role and significantly became the painting’s main subject instead of the landscape (Tinterow 432). In accordance to the subject matter of the Regatta, it is evident that it shows a growing interest that Monet had in water.
It was the most important subject of the Regatta in which it is displayed as a plastic-like quality. The water in Monet’s work is reminiscent in its shimmering and breakdown into colours, the shapes of the falling light, and the use of smooth greenish and turquoise colours (Gedzelman 14). Stylistically, the surface of the Regatta is a flat paint application like plastic. There are solid colours used and the emphasis on shape makes it so natural that the bottom left corner is the only place in the painting where there are evident brush stipples of Monet’s name.
The green colour dabbed to show the water is too organized and is similar to many works of his later works. However, it can be seen that Monet has not used his unique style of colour in this painting. An example is the sky which is portrayed brightly unlike the art of that time. In this painting, he has used fewer colours as the water portrays the impression of two colours only.
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