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“Magpie” - a picture of Claude Monet, painted in 1968 and is now in the Paris Museum of Orsay. At first glance, the picture seems very simple, it shows wattle sitting on a gate of magpie, fruit trees, a house on the side and snow. It can be seen that wide and quick strokes were applied to the canvas. But this visual simplicity literally captivates the viewer, makes you look at the image.
The white color used by Monet is special, which has no analogues in painting. Against the backdrop of a snowy landscape, Monet plays with light and shadow, creating a special sensual atmosphere of a cold day. Image as if translucent. The subtle transition from light to shadow is fascinating. Monet uses only subtle, but at the same time brilliant shades for painting. This picture is considered to be a kind of analogue of a poem by A.S. Pushkin's "Winter Morning."
Working on a snowy landscape is not easy, but Monet was inspired by Pissarro and Renoir. He is seized with a desire to show the viewer a simple landscape that sinks into the soul. Before Magpie, Courbet took possession of the winter landscape genre, but his picture is more lively, revealing a lot of details to the viewer: people, horses, dogs, and then snow. Claude Monet departs from the liveliness of Courbet and prefers to depict in the picture only a small magpie, awkwardly perched on a wattle fence. She seemed to accidentally find herself in a picture and does not attract much attention to herself. The painter calls her a "lonely note."
A simple picture, without bright strokes and details, was not accepted by the contemporaries of the artist. The audience of that time was used to completely different paintings and was not ready to perceive the lightness and beauty of the winter landscape. Paris Salon rejects this creation of Claude Monet. Later, the picture is accepted, classified as impressionistic and placed in a museum.
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