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The picture with the original name "Sea" was destined for a great future. Despite the clearly deduced date 72, Monet was mistaken, since the work was written in 1873 in Le Havre, where a wonderful view of the port opened from the window of a small hotel.
In 1874, the painting was being prepared for the exhibition of the Anonymous Society of Artists, and at the very last moment Monet changed the name, which would define the whole direction of painting - “Impression. Sunrise".
Amazing canvas gives rise to many emotions. A fragmentary examination reveals a certain sloppiness - a quick technique, small strokes, figures are hardly outlined. However, the innovation was that the artist did not copy reality, did not strive for reliability, but transferred his impression of what he saw on the canvas. The master demonstrates the inextricable relationship between blue water and sunrise. It is very difficult to visually separate the sky and the sea, to the horizon all the colors merge. The focus is on the small red disk of the sun and bright flashes that lay with uneven lines on the ribbed surface of the sea.
All 165 paintings exhibited along with Sunrise by the famous photographer Nadar were severely criticized. The society, brought up on traditional subjects and canons of painting, could not understand the lack of clear lines, colorful color and strange themes of paintings. “Impressive” artists with irony and mockery call their magazine “Shari-Vary”, referring to Monet’s painting, which does not upset the younger generation (unless Degas was unhappy). Since then, they themselves have called themselves “impressionists” (from the French impression), proclaiming the freedom of the artist from any postulates and opinions of society.
Despite the fact that the exhibition was not successful, a number of paintings, including Impression, were bought, albeit for a little money. Monet's masterpiece was at Ernest Oshad. In 1985, the painting was stolen from the Marmottan Museum in Paris, and only five years later it was found. In 1991, she was again introduced to the public.