Terrace at St. Address - Claude Monet. 98.1x129.9
Among the impressionists, Claude Monet (1840-1926), whose painting “Impression is Sunrise” and gave its name to the picturesque direction (from the French “impression” - impression), was the greatest 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 flowering terrace on the seashore. The people on it are probably the artist’s father, uncle and cousins, but you cannot call a picture a family portrait, because everything in it is subordinate to the landscape.
The master himself commented on 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 were collected by the impressionists in those years. However, the similarity ends here, since everything here is so flooded with bright sunlight that the colors burn, and when you look at white objects, you want to squint 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, in which everything is equally beautiful, whether it be waves on the sea, a yellow umbrella or a lady in a white dress underneath.