Monet’s paintings of French rowing and sailing boats, and the sea

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Monet’s paintings of traditional French rowing and sailing boats

French painter Monet was clearly fascinated by both boats and the sea’s ever-changing mood and light

Monet’s paintings of traditional French rowing and sailing boats Monet’s paintings of traditional French rowing and sailing boats Monet’s paintings of traditional French rowing and sailing boats

Monet’s paintings of traditional French rowing and sailing boats Monet’s paintings of traditional French rowing and sailing boats Monet’s paintings of traditional French rowing and sailing boats

Monet’s paintings of traditional French rowing and sailing boats Monet’s paintings of traditional French rowing and sailing boats Monet’s paintings of traditional French rowing and sailing boats

Monet’s paintings of traditional French rowing and sailing boats Monet’s paintings of traditional French rowing and sailing boats

I’ve never been a great fan of the French painter Monet – I’ve often thought his work to be somehow a little unsatisfactory and even chocolate-boxy. But these images sent by my friend Ed have pretty well changed my mind. It’s difficult not to like the work of a painter so obviously fascinated by both sailing and rowing boats, but also by the moods of the sea and the light that plays upon it. Click on the images and decide for yourself…

Thanks Ed, for so painlessly changing my point of view!

Amazon offers books of Monet prints, but the one I’d recommend is the one published in conjunction with a Tate Gallery exhibition of paintings by Turner, Whistler and Monet. I went to the show, and at the time I was particularly bowled over by both the Whistler and Monet paintings of the River Thames and its ships, boats, lighters and barges of the time. And, of course, the famous Turners are even more mind-blowing in real life…

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3 thoughts on “Monet’s paintings of French rowing and sailing boats, and the sea”

  1. We had an exhibition of impressionist art here in Melbourne a few years ago which featured a group of paintings by French impressionists including Monet who stayed at one particular place and painted from the same palate over several summers. It was interesting to see the different results. Unfortunately I cannot find the relevant catalogue or a google reference yet. I love the play of light in these pictures and have 3 prints on my boat room wall.

    Jeff Cole

  2. Hi, Do you know the name of the painting in the very last picture (monet-boat-paintings-12.jpg)? I am an art student and I'm trying to find a good print of this painting but I can't find the name. Your help will be much appreciated! Thanks

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