Capuchin Boulevard - Claude Monet. 79.4x59 cm
The painting “Boulevard of Capuchin” is one of the most recognizable works of Claude Monet. The picture refers to the mature period of the artist's work.
Monet definitely felt a weakness for this part of Paris - he depicted the boulevard many times at different times of the year, day, in different weather conditions, admiring how the busy area changes, being painted in different colors and shades.
In this work, the influence of photography is obvious - in front of us is a frame, an instant snatched by the attentive eye of the artist. Such a plot, designed to capture the momentary impression, required a special technique, and Monet found it.
The master intentionally refuses clear lines, taking as a basis only the color that the city creates on the canvas - the silhouettes of people moving carriages measuredly, diagonally intersecting the picture, towering above the boulevard of the house. Monet is not interested in people - the main character of the picture is the atmosphere of the city, which is so easy to feel, but so difficult to portray.
Looking at the picture from close range, you can see only brushstrokes, short and confident, but it’s worth a few steps away, and the picture comes to life, transforming brushstrokes into a vibrantly crowding crowd moving along the boulevard, and it seems that you can hear the city hum inherent in all large streets . This is the mastery of the great impressionist Monet.