Waves at Aigues-Mortes - Frederic Basil. 60x100 cm
Aigues-Mortes is a port city in the south of France, known since the Middle Ages. It was the city wall, which is surrounded by the waters of the Rhode-a-Seth canal, and depicted in 1867, one of the founders of Impressionism, Frederic Bazil.
At this time, the painter was resting with his family in their family estate, only 20 miles from Aigues-Mortes. The city, which was once the starting point of several Crusades, could not help but interest Basil and he created three works depicting landscapes near Aigues-Mortes. “Waves at Aigues-Mortes” is the brightest and most interesting in color.
The author of the work worked in an open air and his task was to see the image of the channel and the wall in a dynamic landscape, which depended entirely on the filigree work with the light-air environment.
The viewer does not see the source of light - the sun did not find a place in a harmonious composition, but clearly feels the landscape bathed in the sun. Everything seems to glow from the inside, making the colors even brighter and richer. The waves are depicted in large bold strokes, and thanks to the sun's rays they appear before us in dynamics - they play in the sun with calm bursts. To depict the waters of the canal, the author used a whole gamut of colors, from swamp green to dark blue, and made the depicted object very picturesque and natural.
The sky is very subtly reflected in the picture: a serene blue surface with barely noticeable uneven stripes of clouds, as if dispelled by the wind.
A number of sketches for the presented painting have been preserved; from them one can judge how long the artist has been looking for the desired angle. And in fact, the composition of the work is distinguished by harmony and grace. At first glance, a delicate ocher of heavy, reliable walls “catches”, contrasting with the bright blue of the sky and balanced by the greenish waves of the channel.