Monet: Poppy field near Argenteuil, 1873

How good a painter are you? How would you like to answer that question with "I paint Monet!"

After this lesson, you will be the Monet Expert at your next dinner party!

Monet: Poppy field near Argenteuil, 1873

This lesson will guide you through the process of painting Poppy Field near Argenteuil, 1873 by Claude Monet.

Monet's landscape work is unfussy, elegant and pretty much forms the "bible" for all landscape artists since then.

He spent a lot of time in this region of France and produced many paintings featuring these fields pf poppies lavender and grain crops.

Arranging Monet

We are not slaves to the original! Monet would often paint many variations on the same scene. So let's use our imagination!

The painting was originally titled "Coquelicots".You can add as many poppy flowers as you like!

Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet - interpretation by Peter Inglis.
In this version of the Monet I extended the composition into a 'wide-screen' format.

Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet - interpretation by Peter Inglis.
Spring has arrived!

Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet - interpretation by Peter Inglis.
More dramatic colours.
Viewing the scene as if through a wide angle lens makes the poppies near us appear much more dramatic.

The figures

The figures in the scene are his wife and child. Notice they appear at the back and the front of the scene!

Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet - interpretation by Peter Inglis.

We learn how to create figures elegantly and with a minimum number of brushstrokes. We are aiming for an unfussy appearance.

There is the option of leaving out the four small figures, depending on your skill level.

Student Paintings

Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet - Student paintings completed in one lesson at Inglis Academy.
Vanee's interpretation.

Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet - Student paintings completed in one lesson at Inglis Academy.
Lindsay and friends!

Your painting won't look exactly like his, as my teaching enables you to express your own taste and feelings about what is beautiful. This is not a prescriptive method, but rather a series of processes which enable your self expression. Go for it! Have fun!

What will we learn in this painting?

  • Landscape Painting
  • Monet brush techniques
  • Poppy

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