Monet Painting in his Garden at Argenteuil Pierre-Auguste Renoir Buy Art Prints Now
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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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Pierre-Auguste Renoir is recognised as a brilliant impressionist artist who spent a great number of years in Argenteuil painting some of his best creative work

The artist had a close connection with famous painter Claude Monet, who both enjoyed painting together. Renoir stayed at Monet’s rented home in the small town of Argenteuil.

During the period of 1871, many artists would visit the attractive rural town. Many painters just like Auguste and Monet recognised the beauty of Argenteuil.

During the time they spent in Argenteuil, they both enjoyed painting in the outdoors where they focused on painting views of the scenery around. They were able to capture the momentary effects of season, time of day and climate, by using light and shade in their paintings.

The garden played a huge role for Monet, where he conducted a large percentage of his work. Impressionism at the time was a new idea in art, and Monet constantly went against traditional art theory in representing his own emotions and vision of what he was painting. This brought a new way of painting, with brighter colors and a different use of light, which proved to be supremely popular in Paris, in the capital of world art.

However, artists around the world have preserved their beauty forever. Some of the most celebrated paintings from well-known artists are of flowers. The many colors, forms, and shapes ensure endless diversity. This is why flower paintings have always been beloved by artists and buyers.

In 1873, Renoir painted Monet painting his garden at Argenteuil where he portrayed the artist standing in front of his easel painting beautiful flowers such as red dahlias around Renoir's home. Monet is holding his brush in one hand while his palette rests on the other hand. An umbrella and a box of paints can be seen under Monet’s easel. There is a large space where the beautiful flowers are surrounding the homes.

Monet has a view of other homes around, with slanted roofs and apartment windows. He isn’t far away from his own home, which is the one that is seen with blue window shutters and a cream exterior. In the background, the backlit clouds portray a cozy scene without being overcrowded. Life in this small town appears to be safe and quiet. The neighbors around can see one another from their upstairs windows overlooking the gardens. The downstairs windows cannot be seen to provide privacy.

Claude Monet was famous for his beautiful paintings inspired by his gardens as shown in Artist's House at Argenteuil and Camille Monet and a Child in the Artist's Garden in Argenteuil. As the gardens increased in complexity, Monet's flower paintings consumed his attention. His paintings are bright, colorful and distinctive. This has helped to keep his flower paintings among the most popular images of all time.

In Monet’s painting Garden in Argenteuil is a glowing view of the excess nature in Claude Monet’s garden. The painter enjoyed the peace and tranquility Argenteuil offered. We can see this in many of his paintings.