Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Monet, Master of Light

                                     Monet's "Vetheuil", midday (The Art Institute of Chicago)

                                 Monet's "Vetheuil", sunset (The Art Institute of Chicago)

In July, 1901, Monet escaped the heat of his Giverny studio and rented a home for his family across the Seine River of Vetheuil. Here he painted a series of paintings of Vetheuil from his balcony.

The subject is not really so much about Vetheuil,
 but rather
the inverted reflection of the village in the water!

He chose an almost square canvas that added a decorative effect and used visible brushstrokes that made the paintings "sparkle and flicker".

I favor the colors and diffused images in the sunset....which one speaks to you?

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