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The Basin at Argenteuil

By Hollis Mickey

With the official start of summer just days away, many of us feel called towards the out of doors. Prolific Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840–1926) painted much of his work outside, or en plein air, such as this piece, The Basin at Argenteuil. Monet’s bright, vigorous brushstrokes capture a summery scene along the river Seine.

Hear what the vibrant colors and evocative imagery in this painting inspires for two different experts:

Eric Goetz, an accomplished sailor and a builder of vessels raced in the America’s Cup, looks closely at the boats and sailing conditions depicted.

Bill Warren, a cognitive scientist with expertise in visual perception, examines how our eyes interpret Monet’s painting techniques.

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Hollis Mickey
Assistant Educator, Gallery Interpretation