Monet, Claude Oscar REPRODUCTIONS DETAILS
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This is one of the flattest landscapes ever painted. At around the same time, Cezanne was flattening his still lifes by distorting the tables to a vertical orientation. Monet stops short of distortion through a judicious choice of subject. A hillside staircase provides the form for a dramatic flattening of the painting. Monet increases the effect by frozening the children in full frontal portrayal and showing No clouds that would break up the solid plane of dark blue sky.