“Lilac in the Sun” (author Claude Monet) was written during the heyday of Impressionism. It contains all the features that are characteristic of this style in this era - the paint lies in bright spots, the presence of a wide brushstroke is mandatory, but the author pays special attention to the balance of shadow and light. The artist tried to show us not just a lilac branch, he tries to convey to us his impression that she made on him.
At first glance, there is nobody in the picture except a lilac bush, but if we look closely, we will notice women who take refuge from the scorching sun in the shade of a lilac that blooms. It seems that the siren bush is trying to hide the women hiding under it from the scorching sun. Their silhouettes merge with the landscape, so we can not immediately find them. One of the women depicted was the author’s wife, Camilla. The artist wanted to show us the main visual impression: the sun blinding the eyes, the play of colors - from the delicate foliage to purple and pink flowers. The fleeting scene from everyday life that Monet snatched separates the viewer from the picture with a small misty haze. This very haze is trying to emotionally involve us in what is happening in the picture. This is the whole Monet.
The author began work on the painting in the garden of her house near Paris in 1872.
The first impressionist painting, which was brought to Russia in 1899 by collector Sergei Shchukin (acquired from Duran-Ruel, Paris). Osip Mandelstam described his impressions of the picture in his work Impressionism.
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