Monet once said, “When you go out to paint, try to forget whatever objects you have before you–a tree, a house, a field…Merely think, here is a little square of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow. Paint it just as it looks to you…to give your own naïve impression of the scene before you.”
All these spots of color and light Monet painted in both bold and delicate strokes in the flowers, sea waves, sailboats, trains, clouds and sunbathers.
Since Paris was the center for sailing we see many sailboats in Monet’s paintings and can admire his energetic brush strokes that seemingly move the vessels through the water on the canvas before our very eyes. The young Monet always seemed to find a surprising and fresh way to depict the ordinary.