Claude Monet (1840-1926): Summer; or Fields of Bezons8/12/2021, 10:36:30 AM
Claude Monet (1840-1926): Summer; or Fields of Bezons (detail), c. 1873, Oil on canvas, 57 x 80 cm, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin Monet lived in Argenteuil near Paris between 1872 and 1878. During this period in the summers Renoir and Manet accompanied him and they worked on perfecting their particular artistic style. Among the works that Monet produced in Argenteuil is this light-hearted, sun-drenched meadow with hazy mountains in the distance; a picture in which his wife Camille with a parasol seated in the grass and his son Jean by her have no more visual presence than the wind-blown trees or the colored shadows on the grass. The painting was shown at the second Impressionist exhibition at Nadar’s at Durand-Rue gallery in 1876. In his review of the exhibition, the writer Emile Zola singled out this work by Monet for particular praise.