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 Claude Monet. The House in the Roses. (1925). Impressionnism. 

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Claude Monet. The House in the Roses. (1925). Impressionnism. 

In 1908, At 68 years, Monet starts to roofing stone the sight. He suffers from cataract to the two eyes. With cataract is progressive opacity of the crystalline lens which filters the colors. When the cataract evolves, the white become yellowish, the greens, yellow-green and the reds, orange. The blue ones and the purple ones make place with the reds and the yellows. The details grow blurred, contours disappear to become vague. However, it ends up being made operate of year eye. After two surgical operations in January 1923, and thanks to the wearing of special glasses, Monet covers the uses of the right eye. The corrective lens is dyed in green to rectify the vision of the colors. Monet undergoes various after-effects of the operation drank: the disturbance of the vision of the colors, double vision, and the distortion of the visual images. He refuse the operation of the cataract of the left eye. Monet starts again to Paint since 1923. The house seen of the garden of roses testifies to its operation. In this series, Monet sometimes painted with his eye reached of cataract - all is red, the sky is yellow - and sometimes with his operated eye - all is blue gold of cold color . " I see blue, I don’t see more the red, I don’t see more the yellow; that annoys me terribly because I know that these colors exist; because I know that one my pallet there is red, yellow, there is has special green, there is some purple; I don’t see them more have I saw them in time, and yet I remember the colors very well that they gave ". In splashes of this handicap, Claude Monet continuous to Paint until 1926, has few months before his death.

The point of view of the witness is relatively high. On each sides the clump of roses, in edge, direct the glance towards the house at the end of the alley.

The roses are on the tension fields, near 3 natural points of interest.

The painting can be divided into 4 plans. In the foreground the grass alley, in the second plan on the left first clump of roses in the 3rd plan the second clump and the background sky and the house. 

The painting is built on the ascending diagonal of left on the right. This one isolated the alley and the second clump from the remainder of the composition. All the art of Monet and impressionism consists in showing forms without being useful itself of lines. The only visible lines are those of the roof of the house and the chimney.

Details : 

If the color of the sky seems realistic that of the roof it is not at all. It seems that Monet painted this picture with his eye reached of cataract. This explains why the hot colors dominate. 

In the medium of the alley and grass, the keys of blue and purple…

This clump of roses has several cold colours like the purple one and blue. Either there are other flowers, and Monet changed eye to perceive the colours, which remains possible. Either it added these colors in a random way to represent what is neither yellow nor red. 
Light : The light comes from in top on the left, it concentrates especially on the alley in the foreground.

Colors : Contrast between hot and cold colors. 

Similar Paintings : 

Claude Monet. The House in the Roses. (1925). 
This version with the cold and darker colors was undoubtedly painted with the operated eye of Monet. 

Claude Monet. The Garden With Vétheuil. (1872).

Claude Monet. Plump Trees In Blossom. (1879).