Lady with a Parasol, study
THE ART: The artists visiting the
THE ARTISTS: Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) was a French Impressionist. On his visit to
Monet Painting in Series: Creating Relationship Between Colours and Light
Monet had his own way of painting, especially the water. His paintings of small streams sparkled with flurries of light, which moved canvas with the shower of light and joy.Monet's paintings done in several moods are known as Haystacks, Views of Seine, and paintings of River Thames. The paintings titled as Water Lily Pond and Japanese bridge are among these types of painting series. The painting given here is one of the eighteen paintings of one scene Monet had painted during the year 1899. He used colours depicting light of the day in such a way as if he wanted to show us how the relationship between the characteristics of the colours and the light could be established. (Image courtesy Claude Monet [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)
Monet Writing about Monet: "I was born undisciplineable. No one was ever able to make me stick to the rules, not even in my youngest days. It was at home that I learned most of what I do know. I equated my college life with that of a prison and I could never resolve to spend my time there, even for four hours a day when the sun was shinning bright, the sea was so beautiful and it was so good to run along the cliff-tops in the fresh air or frolic in the sea." - Claude Monet (in his autobiography) His paintings and prints made from the paintings decorate many art galleries and private colletions. His painting Nympheas - Water Lilies was sold for GBP £16,500,000 (US $32,670,000). This was one of the highest prices paid for Monet's work.
IMPRESSIONIST PAINTING : IMPRESSIONISM, THE ART OF HERE AND NOW
The term impressionism was an unknown word in the art world until the early nineteenth century. The works by the great artists like Constable and Turner were branded as ‘unrefined daubing’. The academicians were not happy with such theme as impressionist paintings. From the day Claude Monet name his one of the famous paintings as ‘Impression Sunrise’, the movement is known by that name, the impressionist painting. Joining of the artist like Edouard Manet helped the movement to take a great leap forward. The work done by Renoir and Degas gave the movement much fame and new perspective, too.
Dance in the City - Renoir
Renoir was considered as the leader among the Impressionists. He earned that title for his portrayal of luminous colour, dexterously mixed brushstrokes. He formed warm sensuality by nuances of light and shadow that his brush strokes put on the canvasses. Renoir was a master in the impressionist style who celebrated beauty from whatever elements he might come across. His paintings are notable for their vibrant light and saturated colour, focusing on people in candid composition, and fusing the details of a scene through freely brushed touches of colour. (Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons)
Impressionism: Under the style of impressionist, the artist concentrates on general impression that is produced by the scene or the object he or she paints. In most of the cases the painting is completed in one sitting. The impressionists style use unmixed and mainly the primary colours. By using smaller strokes of their brushes, these artists try causing the actual effect of the light and shadow.
The free movement of the painter’s arm with brush in his hand and eyes on the object, made this style more popular and satisfying for all. In this style of paintings there is more margin for the artist’s point of view and angel of perception to be rendered through a more human and more energetic approach. It is really a treat to catch the changing light and varying ambiance virtually in no time.
While painting a piece of art, the artists care for various themes and their intellectual meanings, too. But the impressionist artists care more for the ‘visual significance’ and keep that as their main motive. They feel happy and satisfied if they can reproduce the on-the-spot effects of the transient effects of sunlight on the landscape.