Windmill and Boats near Zaandam, Holland, 1871
|Artist||Monet, Oscar-Claude||At the end of the Franco-Prussian war Monet went briefly to Holland and painted there for several months. He was attracted by the openness of the landscape, the immensity of sky, and the picturesque windmills that seemed to grow out of the water. The reflections of light on water, a recurrent theme in early Impressionist paintings, also no doubt intrigued him. The mobile water surfaces broke up light into varicoloured hues, and the dancing effects may even have suggested to the Impressionists those vibrant little brush strokes so characteristic of their work.
|Institution||New Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen|
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||48 x 73.5 cm|