Monet's Landscape The Road to Chailly (better known as The Road to Bas Bro, Fonteblo) is characterized by a realistic manner of writing. All strokes on the canvas lay clearly and clearly, although they have different application densities. A road leaves from the left corner of the canvas deep into the forest.
The autumn forest that surrounds it on both sides is still full of vitality and solar confidence. After all, the brush already touched not only the tops of the trees, already yellowed and fallen leaves are visible on the ground, even the bushes on the right side painted, but the sun still brightly illuminates the pale strip running away into the distance of the forest road and the sad trees in the forest. This is a wonderful combination of a bit dull autumn forest calm, even pacification, which, as if cut by a gray ribbon of the road, evokes slightly sad notes and memories of the passing summer.
When creating this landscape, Monet uses mainly pale shades of green and brown, slightly diluted with yellowness, vibrant saturated green is visible only on the grass in the right corner of the picture. But with the help of bright sunlight falling on the picture, as if from somewhere above, the landscape turned out to be surprisingly bright and even lively. The sky at the same time has a pale gray color, which usually creates a rather gloomy mood on the canvas. But not in this case.
And the gray shades hanging from above the cold sky, and the trees of the same color in the distance, are like an alarming reminder that winter is already very close. But this, one might say, semantic contrast of colors on the painter’s canvas nevertheless inspires optimistic notes that not everything is still lost, and you need to use such bright autumn days. Due to this, the picture is not perceived visually as a gloomy autumn landscape, rather, as a reminder of the summer.
This is one of Monet's landscapes that were used to create his famous composition Breakfast on the Grass.
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