The game with light and shadow, the use of pure brilliant colors creates a unique atmosphere of a cold day. The picture is filled with that sunlight, bright and warming, which is so characteristic of a prickly frosty day. The sparkling tones of the palette and the rustic story meanwhile provoked a stormy reaction from the public. However, Monet’s approach to the depiction of winter landscapes was very far from the traditional academic representations of official art.
Clumsy perched on a wattle fence, magpie, it seems as if accidentally appeared on the canvas. Monet himself characterized the bird as a “lonely note”, which is located on a bare gate, reminiscent of a stave.
Inspired by the work of Renoir and Pissarro, Claude Monet decides in one thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight years to discover the possibilities of white, setting as his goal to create a winter landscape that sinks into the soul.
Description of the picture:
Magpie – Claude Monet 1868-1869 Canvas, oil. 89×130 cmAn uncomplicated plot, filigree embodied on the canvas using a unique white palette in all its variation possibilities – that’s what Claude Monet’s picture “Magpie” is. Among the snow-white landscape, I can’t immediately see the bird.
This explains the fact that the wonderful picture was not allowed to the exhibition for one thousand eight hundred and sixty-nine years.
It is difficult to say what kind of associations the picture evoked and evokes among the French, but the Russian person who is considering the “Magpie” invariably comes to mind “Winter Morning” A.S. Pushkin.