Claude Monet painted Rue Montorgueil in Paris, Festival of 30 June 1878 in 1878. To celebrate the opening of the International exhibition, some of the main streets of Paris were decked with flags.
Emblematic colors guided Monet's palette, and he painted with short, dense brush strokes to suggest the motion of the flags fluttering aloft and the press of the crowd moving below. Viewed at close range, the composition dissolves into patches of color, but, at a distance, the festive street scene gains clear focus.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Debra N. Mancoff is an art historian and lecturer and the author of numerous books on nineteenth-century European and American painting, including Publication International, Ltd.'s, Impressionism and Van Gogh. Other titles include Sunflowers, Monet's Garden in Art, Van Gogh: Fields and Flowers, and Mary Cassatt: Reflections of Women's Lives. Ms. Mancoff is a scholar in residence at the Newberry Library.