Sailing Boats at Argenteuil
This painting is very successful in the balance of composition and the quality of the light he conjures up.
In this painting we see the flotilla of pleasure boats moored downstream from the old wooden bridge at Argenteuil. Behind the arches we can make out the supports of the railway bridge and the hills of Sannois and Orgemont. Painted rapidly, and probably from life, this painting, depicting the shimmering reflections of the river, is nonetheless well structured using strong, horizontal and vertical lines (the bridge and the masts). These are immediately countered by subtle obliques (the landing stage and sails) that give rhythm to the composition.