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Summer comes alive. Swelterings un alternates with fresh, stormy days. July is a month full of colors, nuances that bring a kind of quiet and stable tranquility, during the year.
Claude Monet's impression, sunrise, has many aspects which go together the current month. Conserved at the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris, this is a oil on canvas painting of 1872, likely exhibited for the first time in the so-called The Exhibition of the Impressionists of 1874.
The story of the birth of Impressionists is very curious, and deserves to be retrieved. With a disdainful intent to the painting, critic Louis Leroy titled the review he wrote just as The Exhibition of the Impressionsts.
Impressionists, who did not yet use their typical denomination that characterized them and their movement in the centuries to come, used this term as a critic to criticism!
The artwork depicts the port of Le Havre, with the rising sun, while in the background we can see the ships that dig the waters of the harbor. The sun reflects in the quiet waters of the harbor, while in the foreground, a ship seems to come from a fishing tackle.
The color of the sun, typical of a sunset rather than a sunrise, gives an extraordinary appearance, unnatural but imaginative character, which gives the picture a bright appearance as a true focal point of the work.
The painting was stolen along with four other Monet and two Renoir at Marmottan in 1985. It was found in Porto Vecchio only five years later, while a likely wicked contracted its sale with a Japanese customer.
In general, we speak of one of the greatest works of Impressionism, and certainly one of the most famous and well known of Monet, a prolific artist who produced more than 500 paintings throughout his life.