From a distance of 10 feet or so, Claude Monet’s brushstrokes blend together in this work of art. They yield a convincing view of the Seine and the boats that drew tourists to Argenteuil. But up close, each dab of paint is distinct. The scene dissolves into a mosaic of paint: brilliant, unblended tones of blue, red, green, yellow. In the water, quick, fluid skips of the brush mimic the lapping surface. In the trees, the artist applied thicker paint with denser, heavier brushstrokes. Do you notice any figures in this scene? How does Monet depict them?
Claude Monet, “The Bridge at Argenteuil,” 1874, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon