Monet was one of the founding members of the Impressionist group. At their first exhibition in 1874 it was Monet’s painting Impression : Sunrise 1872 that led a critic to give the young artists what was considered to be the derisory name of Impressionists.
In 1883 Monet and Renoir made a short visit to the South of France. Inspired by the light and colours of the Mediterranean, Monet decided to return to the South by himself. He stayed in the Italian seaside resort of Bordighera, but found more inspiration along the coast, finding an open view looking down on the town of Ventimiglia and across to the Alps on the French Italian border. He wrote of the area that ‘one needs a palette of diamonds and jewels here because of the blues and pinks’.
Monet conveyed the clear blue sea using horizontal brush strokes of blue and green. The calm surface of the sea contrasts with the vigorously painted foreground of shrubs which frame the view. Elsewhere Monet captures the coastal landscape and sky almost entirely with blues and pinks.
Visit Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum and see this painting in the French Room in the East Wing. Compare the colours in this painting to is painting of his French landscape Vetheuil.
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