The adventures of an artist on his journey to getting to the bottom of painting. The trip goes from learning to paint to painting to learn - an open ended endeavour. Most paintings are done either plein air or from plein air in the studio. The medium is predominately oil paint. The predominant genre is the landscape and townscape.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Monet, Light Versus the Object
Monet became obsessed with the effect of light on objects/shapes. If you look at his early work and go through it chronologically you will see how the actual object lost importance and the fleeting effects of light became the subject. He constantly developed his eye, painting outdoors from life.
Garden St. Addresse
In this painting he was apparently most concerned with "things".
Here is a painting from Monet's early "impressionist" work.
Here he was concerned with shapes, not things, and the feeling he developed.
And later "impressionist" work. Note the shapes of the brushwork.
Bateaux - Atelier
And then past "impressionism" to light effects and series.
Meule - Effet de Neige
There were quite a number of Haystack paintings. Here it is said he developed the practice of painting multiple canvases at the same time, capturing momentary effects of light.