Claude Monet (1840 - 1926): Le déjeuner: panneau decorative3/6/2021, 9:32:44 AM
Claude Monet (1840 - 1926): Le déjeuner: panneau decorative (The Lunch: decorative panel) (Monet's Garden at Argenteuil),1873-4, Oil on canvas, 160 x 201 cm, Musée d'Orsay, Paris Monet’s 'The Luncheon' of 1873 or 74 was exhibited in the second Impressionist exhibition in 1876. The painting again gives a glimpse into Monet’s simple family life this time the setting is their first house in Argenteuil during the summer months. The charm of the subject lies above all in the impression of spontaneity. In the foreground stands a a bench, a side-table, and the breakfast table. The meal has ended but the table has yet to be cleared. There is a hat hanging from a tree branch and a parasol and bag seem to have been forgotten on the bench. In the shade by the table we see a young Jean Monet playing quietly stacking blocks. In the background the child's nanny is keeping close watch over him and Camille Monet strolling through the garden. As in other paintings, Monet here seems to come close to Vuillard and Bonnard who would treat these same subjects a few years later. The "close up" of the top half of the wicker tea trolley, contrasting with the female figure in the background on the right, also recalls certain techniques favoured by the Nabis. The picture conveys a sense of hospitable attentiveness that is typical of many Impressionist works. The garden, enclosed on three sides, is a symbol of a safe world, in which every day is a happy Sunday.