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Claude Monets Le Basin dArgenteuil is an impressionistic piece of art painted in 1875 This painting consists of oil on canvas and is approximately 21 29 and is currently at the Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design in Providence Rhode Island The subject of this piece includes sailboats floating serenely on the Seine River in the Argenteuil Basin between a shrub-like foreground and a background of trees creating a horizon on a gray almost dreary sky At first glance this painting appears emotionless and the mood seems to be one of somber But after a short period of time the viewer senses a mood of vitality portrayed by the sharp choppy brushstrokes Monet uses and the shimmering reflections of the sailboats on the Seine The composition of Le Basin dArgenteuil is one of the techniques Monet used to make this piece so exquisite The organization of the triangular shapes tall vertical masts and horizontal clusters of nature and the relationship created amongst these diverse images work wonderfully The repetition of the vertical shapes on the river as well as the triangular sail shapes represent a geometric rhythm the viewer can easily identify On the left side of the painting a cluster of sailboats with sails not visible are shown floating closest to the viewer while in the distance two full-sailed boats are taking advantage of this calm breeze that seems to be whirling amongst the river In between these large dominant triangular sails lies a house in the background represented by yet another geometric shape a square The asymmetry of the painting makes the scene of this popular recreational activity very realistic and simple in shapes but detailed in brushstrokes which work in harmony Lines separate the foreground middle ground and background in this piece One can trace a curved line around the foreground of riverside shrubs and flowers distinctly from the vibrant blues of the Seine On the other side
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