Arts Everyday Living: What Do You Know About Monet?, Part 7–Inside the Artist’s Garden

Claude Monet, The Artist’s House at Argenteuil, 1873, oil on canvas, Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

Title: The Artist’s House at Argenteuil, 1873

Artist: Claude Monet (1840-1926)




Did you know that Claude Monet began his career as a teenager and continued to create until his death at 86 in 1926? Most of us are familiar with Monet’s iconic Impressionist works. However Monet, like any great artist, expressed himself in multiple styles. So for the next month, experience the artistic world of the French master, from the young, aspiring painter to one of the most famous figures of his day.

Here is the seventh part of our series:

#7–Claude Monet, acknowledged as a uniquely gifted artist, was also a talented gardener. For instance, in The Artist’s House at Argenteuil above, Monet offers us access to the private sphere of his miraculous garden. Actually a work of art in itself: full of multi-colored rows of flowers and blossoming trees, arranged with the brilliance of an expert and creative eye. The style undeniably Impressionist, composed of short, textured brushstrokes multiplying across  the canvas, sometimes illuminated by the radiant sunlight, other times dimmed by the contrasting shadow cast by the house.

Monet’s family is included too. Jean is in the foreground, in a bowed dress (then standard attire for  young boys), playing with a hoop. While Camille watches him from the nearby doorway, almost camouflaged by the pattern of tall shutters and curving vines dominating the building’s facade. Do you also notice the several blue-and-white vases on display, often seen in other paintings by Monet who used them to decorate both the interior and exterior spaces of his home.

Overall, a portrait of prosperity symbolizing Monet’s comfortable lifestyle while residing in Argenteuil. The artist’s income bolstered by the financial support of art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel, who also helped the group we now know as the Impressionists organize their own exhibitions in Paris during the 1870s and 1880s.



And take a look at Camille and Jean in the Argenteuil countryside:








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