Red Boats at Argenteuil was painted by Claude Monet in 1875. It depicts boats getting ready to set out on the lake at Argenteuil, a suburb of Paris to which Monet himself moved with his family in 1871.
At the center of the painting, we see a number of sail boats moored just off the banks of the lake. A person can be seen on one of the larger boats while a few spectators are standing on the bank. It is a beautiful summer day in Argenteuil, a blue sky and only a few small clouds. However, the early morning mist contributes to make the sky slightly grey.
What is truly remarkable in this painting is what way the water, and the reflection of the sky and boats in the water, are depicted. Monet truly captures this, including how it is distorted at some points by small waves. As the reflection deals with the characteristics of light and how light is depicted, the reflection is not only proof of Monetís immense skill but also offer the promise of things yet to come, as Monet later delve deeper into the depiction of light with e.g. his Haystacks.
Red Boats at Argenteuil can today be seen at the the Musee de l'Orangerie in Paris, France.