Sunflowers - Claude Monet. Oil on Canvas, 101x81 cm
Throughout his life, Claude Monet with great trepidation belonged to the flowers. The brightest proof of this is the garden in Geverny, created by his hands, which still receives visitors, having transformed from his beloved manor into the famous house-museum.
Another indisputable confirmation of the painter's affection for flowers is, of course, his paintings.
"Sunflowers" were written by Monet in 1881. A bouquet of yellow sunflowers set in a narrow tall vase against a blurred background - the plot of the still life is unpretentious, but what an embodiment!
Monet refuses clear lines, preferring uneven wavy strokes to them, creating a shape and shape only in color. This technique invariably creates movement, making work vibrant and dynamic. The style of the master has always been distinguished by freedom, lightness, airiness and realism, regardless of what he embodied - whether it be a genre scene or a still life.
Surprisingly, in such a static genre of painting as a still life, he was able to breathe so much life that it seems as if the sunflowers are pulling their heads to the sun, and their petals are trembling in the wind.
Another distinguishing feature of the master’s technique is the use of contrasting colors, which in total give the desired color. If you look closely at the image of the flowers, you can see that the petals are written in red, yellow, orange shades, but after taking a couple of steps from the picture, they merge into a rich yellow palette that so realistically embodies the sunflowers. Each flower in a vase is not like another, unique and unique, everyone has a different shape, head rotation, size.
An attentive viewer may notice that there is a certain discrepancy in the proportions in the picture - such a narrow vase cannot accommodate a large armful of sunflowers. But in this whole Monet, it was important for him to show the splendor of sunflowers, and all other details are only of secondary importance.