The Work

This scene shows a woman and a young boy walking on the banks of the Seine river, near the village of Argenteuil.  They may be the artist’s wife and son.  The presence of the railroad bridge reminds us of modern industrialization, a subject that was not considered worthy in the academic tradition, but which was part of everyone’s real life.  The people seem to play a secondary role in comparison with the river and the sky, the movement of clouds and water, and especially the light.

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