Thursday, March 11, 2010

Monet's Sunrise. Is it a bird?

I thought I knew this Monet picture well (Impression, soleil levant, 1872). Painted in Le Havre in Normandy, it is sometimes described as the ultimate impressionist statement, it's iconic representation.

Now that I live in Normandy I understand better how much unique Norman light influenced the impressionist vision.

But something started bothering me about this picture. Why there are no birds in it? There is always a bird somewhere in a Norman sky. Then, at the bottom right corner of the painting, I noticed what seems like a bird, flapping frantically in the air.

Is it?

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