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Description of Claude Monet's painting “The Frog”


In France, small water cafes were called “paddling pool”, which were connected to the shore by light bridges thrown across tiny islets.

As a rule, such places were the place where easy-going girls who came with gentlemen or alone, dressed defiantly and attracted customers with loud cries were looking for customers. Perhaps it was because of these screams that they were nicknamed “frogs” - they sit on the water, make loud noises, the association could be completely unambiguous.

Monet is a famous landscape painter, and even when portraying a paddling pool he was more interested in nature than people. Renoir, his friend, painted this place with him, but in his picture people, their poses, and costumes attract much more attention.

Monet, on the other hand, is passionate about nature, habitually giving her a little more brilliance than was actually inherent in her.

Thin footbridges, a paddling pool area, a covered gazebo, people crowding at them, all of this was outlined in Monet's scheme, with light, careless brush movements. Without a closer look, it is impossible to understand exactly who is depicted in the picture, and what they do. Even a light green wood background is smeared.

But Monet is passionate about the foreground. The boats are drawn, swaying gently on the waves, and the waves themselves are written out so that it seems you can hear them splashing against the sides and the shore. They are bright, shining, reflect the sky, trees and people, they chill lightly under the breeze, and they are given the closest attention , as if the artist only outlined everything else with quick touches of the brush, and he shone the foreground for a long time, admired him, worked on it.

This contrast looks rather strange - it’s hard to believe that a person who knows how to be so filigree-accurate in the image of nature is indifferent to people so much that he does not draw them at all and does not devote time or mental energy to them





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Watch the video: Monet art lesson (October 2020).