Claude Monet - Ships in Harbor 1873

Ships in Harbor 1873
Ships in Harbor
1873 49x61cm oil/canvas
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA

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From Museum of Fine Arts, Boston:
Most likely painted in 1873 at the port of Monet’s native Le Havre on theNormandy coast, this picture conjures an overcast day not with the expected palette of grays but with a range of blues, purples, greens, and muted pinks. These unblended pigments are laid down in parallel strokes to create the illusion of ripples in the water and the effect of masts backlit against the cloudy sky. Unblended strokes of color like these would become one of the hallmarks of Monet’s mature Impressionist style.