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The Stroll at Giverny

In the painting ‘The Stroll at Giverny’, 1888, (W 1204), we find one of several examples of the same kind of long shadows as in our Meadow scene. Click on 'the Stroll at Giverny' to the right for a shadow comparison.

This ‘Essai de figure en plein air’ gives a feeling of being an attempt to paint in the way Monet told Duret in August 1887: ” I’m working as never before, at some new experiments, figures in the open air as I understand them, treated like landscapes. It’s an old dream…it’s so difficult! I’m so involved in it that it’s almost making me ill” (read more about this in ‘Monet Nature into art’, by John House, ch.2, p.36).

House continues”...he did not consider them fully resolved; indeed they seem to have caused him particular difficulties. But he considered them important enough to exhibit several of them between 1889 and 1891, including, it seems, some unsigned canvases”.


Tulip Fields

In our ‘Meadow scene’ we really get the feeling, that this is what Monet meant by: “painting Figures – treated like Landscapes”. The furiously painted water meadow might as well be the sea at Belle-Ile, and Suzanne - the Pyramid.

Close relationship can also be found with the “Tulip Fields” – paintings from Holland 1886, - with Windmills like megalithic figures, (e.g. W1067).

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