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Monet is perhaps the greatest Impressionist landscape painter and was particularly attracted to the unique qualities of light and color in snowscapes. During the winter of 1874-1875, he produced 16 paintings of snow effects in his home town of Argenteuil, a suburb to the northwest of Paris. In this example, a snow-covered path runs towards a distant cluster of houses and church steeple, providing the composition with a sense of depth. To the right, sunlight begins to melt the snow, while a crimson bush provides a color accent. Monet applied paint very rapidly, particularly when painting trees.

Details

  • Title: Snow at Argenteuil (Neige à Argenteuil)
  • Creator: Claude Monet
  • Date Created: ca. 1874-1875
  • Physical Dimensions: Unframed: 19 3/4 x 26 3/4 inches (50.17 x 67.95 cm) Framed: 29 x 35 x 3 inches (73.66 x 88.9 x 7.62 cm)
  • Rights: Gift of Henry W. and Marion H. Bloch
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Culture: French

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