Claude Monet (1840-1926) painted 'The Luncheon, Monet's Garden at Argenteuil' in 1873. The Luncheon shows us the relaxed informality of his life in Argenteuil during the months of high summer. With the meal concluded, his wife, Camille takes a visitor on a stroll through the garden while Jean plays with his blocks in the shadow cast by the table.
Monet re-creates the most pleasant sensations of a sunny afternoon -- the vivid flowers, the cool patches of shade, the breezy fabrics of summer gowns -- with lightly applied dabs of color. The severe financial pressures are just beginning to lift from his life and which allow him a normal, or more normal life for his family and friends.
It's lovely to note that wherever he lived he received permission, if he rented a home, to create a garden for himself if the house had none. Even in poverty he grew the most wonderful gardens, for himself.
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Unframed and matted: 11" x 14" fits into a standard 11x14" frame. Image: 5" x 7"