Argenteuil is a painting by the French painter Édouard Manet, made in 1874 and kept at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Tournai.
Original Painting by édouard Manet
Argenteuil is one of the highest examples of Manet's new poetics.
Argenteuil depicts a couple sitting on the edge of a boat anchored on the bank of the Seine: he is a sailor (seen from clothing) and is very spontaneous and familiar towards his partner, which appears stiffened, so much so that inexpressively in front of him.
The clear light of the early summer afternoon floods the scene, full of colored shadows and mutual reflections.
To make the atmospheric qualities of the landscape Manet resorts to quick and vibrant brushstrokes, which at times take on even exquisitely impressionistic connotations, as in the case of the woman's skirt or the bouquet of flowers that lazily holds on her lap.
Below: mosaic during composition
The vibrant brushstroke of Manet is marked by the waves of the mosaic that form the sea and the clouds behind the subjects.
The Impressionist artworks are characterized by vibrant colors, in a continuous vibration of light and reflections, like a mosaic composition.
Venetian enamels and gold leaf mosaic.