Spring time

Claude Monet

TitleSpring time
ArtistClaude Monet
Paper Size (W x H)30 x 26 ins
Edition Size60

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In this painting, Spring Time, Monet’s older son, Jean, and Alice's second youngest daughter, Suzanne, sit under clouds of white petals in an idyllic fruit orchard. The intense blue of the sky brilliantly capturing the refreshing quality of the clear spring air. Monet loved to paint trees in blossom and this was a recurrent theme in his work.

Claude Monet first noticed the pretty Normandy village of Giverny while looking out of a train window. He made up his mind to move there and rented a house and the area surrounding it in which he would later create his famous garden. Once settled, Monet rediscovered the domestic contentment he had so valued during his early years in Argenteuil. Alice Hoschedé was a trusted and patient companion, and their children often joined him when he went out into the surrounding countryside to paint en plein air.

Artists have long painted outdoors, but in the mid-19th century working in natural light became particularly important to the Impressionists. The popularity of painting en plein air increased in the 1870s with the introduction of paints in tubes which freed up the artist to be more spontaneous and respond quickly to the surrounding landscape. Much of their work was done in the diffuse light provided by a large white umbrella.

The print is hand numbered and accompanied by a certificate signed by the Master Printer and bearing a matching number to the print.


About the Artist

Claude Monet

Monet was born in Paris in 1840 but his family settled in Le Havre shortly afterwards, where the River Seine meets the sea, and his lifelong obsession as an artist was established. He met Boudin and Pissarro before completing a year's military service in Algeria in 1861.

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