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Description of Claude Monet's painting “Breakfast on the Grass”

Description of Claude Monet's painting “Breakfast on the Grass”


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Monet is one of the main supporters of impressionism. His paintings laid the foundations of modern fine art and revolutionized further European painting.
“Breakfast on the Grass” is a kind of manifesto in support of the painting of the same name by Eduard Manet, which in 1863 created a real scandal in the framework of the Salvation of the Les Miserables. This painting depicted a naked woman surrounded by dressed men - an unprecedented audacity for those times.
In 1865, Claude Monet began work on his own version of the painting "Breakfast on the Grass." The canvas is conceived as huge - 6x4.6 m.
First, the artist performs sketches and small sketches in the Fontainebleau forest, and then separately in the workshop draws male and female models (for which his future wife Camilla Donsier posed). Later, the artist composes everything harmoniously, fitting models into the landscape.
The painting “Breakfast on the Grass” is a collection of elegant men and women having a picnic in nature in the shadow of centuries-old trees. By the heart carved on the bark of one of them, one can judge in what romantic mood Monet created this masterpiece.
The painting is based on the principles of chiaroscuro. The sun's rays pierce the entire canvas of the artist and flow through the leaves of the trees. Monet was desperately looking for light and literally filled them with his whole picture, the sun's rays gently fall on various fragments of the picture - fabric on ladies' dresses, patches of grass or human skin.
Unfortunately, the painting was never finished by the artist and in 1878 Monet left it as a guarantee of payment for housing to the hotel owner. Many years later, the artist tries to finalize the forgotten masterpiece, but some of its parts are badly damaged by moisture, so Monet simply cuts off the unnecessary and only fragments that are stored in the Louvre are left from the fundamental design, and a full-size sketch of the painting is in the State Museum of Fine Arts. Pushkin in Moscow. Only thanks to these preserved grains, the descendants of the French impressionist can still admire his God-given talent.





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