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Monet - Poplars au bord de l'Epte


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'Poplars au bord de l'Epte (view from the marshes)'

CLAUDE MONET

1891
oil on canvas, 88- 93 cm. - USA, private collection



Claude Monet is the impressionist painter par excellence, the genius who painted the famous 'Rouen Cathedral' series –often described as “the climax of Impressionism”- and the 'Nympheas', described as “the Sistine chapel of impressionism”, although in the later series he goes well beyond the impressionism, outlining the abstraction. Nevertheless, his greatest lyrical achievement is reached in this strangely irresistible picture. The composition so beautifully resembles the beauty of a Japanese haiku, asymmetric and touching, while the poplars' leaves sing in red, purple, and finally in a blue that would make Yves Klein green with envy. It's Monet in his full bloom, the artist who once told his family that he wanted “to paint as the bird sings”.

Text: G. Fernández, www.theartwolf.com

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