Sunday, October 9, 2011
6x6in oil on canvas board $85.
Detail: Flowers and Fruit, 1869
This is a detail from Claude Monet's early period. I picked this piece for the chance to study how he worked on grapes and the basket. I was quite surprised to discover that it is a lemon he has standing up on its end at the back of the grapes.How did he get it to balance? Was it important repeating the other upright fruit positions? I kept wanting to put it on its side!
I am not as fond of this particular period with the exception of The Magpie. I saw it a few years ago at the Musee d'Orsay and the wonderful paint quality (was not quite so dibby dabby) flowed into amazing value and color changes.
Many years will pass before Monet produces the amazing Giverney pieces which are some of my favourite paintings.
We do owe a debt of gratitude to Claude for he was a founder of French Impressionist Painting and actually, the term Impressionism is derived from the title of his painting, Impression, Sunrise.
Cezanne described Monet as 'only an eye, but God, what an eye!'.
I am a painter living in Las Cruces, NM. After many years as an illustrator I turned to fine art to develop my own artistic voice. I currently teach talented and enthusiastic artists in oil, acrylic and egg tempera painting. I am also a member of the Artist Guild of Southern New Mexico.