Monet and his fellow Impressionists believed that art should express its own time and place and that it should do so in an appropriately modern style. In the 1860s and 1870s, working primarily outdoors, the Impressionists observed that objects seen in strong light lose definition and appear to blend into one another. Its forms and textures are suggested by the size, shape, and direction of the brushstrokes and the juxtaposition of complementary colors.