Impressionism In Claude Monet

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One may consider Claude Monet’s Impression, Sunrise (Fig.1) his most crucial work throughout his career as an artist. This artwork was made in the year 1872 and the medium used in the creation of this work was oil on canvas. In the book, Monet: The Ultimate Impressionist, it is stated that “the work was more focused on capturing the experience of a moment than realistically rendering a scene” (Patin 39). This illustrates the basis from which Impressionism defines itself. Instead of expressing a realistic portrait of the harbour, Claude Monet chose to demonstrate it in an expressive manner. Whilst doing this, he makes use of the contrasting effects of the rising sun and the bluish water, representing the sun as a prominent subject in the painting. The work plays with the disparity of the faint bluish tones of the area with the bright orange tone of the sun, illustrating how Claude Monet makes use of the nuances of light to create this effect. Despite the contrast…show more content…
Every aspect of the painting is depicted in respect to light. “What the Impressionist painters actually accomplished was the finding of a form closer to the first impression for the appearance of things than other painters had. And it was closer because of their vivid sensibility whereby they understood the absolute value in art of the appearance, and their mind was sufficiently free of traditional principles of abstract form to undervalue their impressions” (Venturi 38) Rather than saying that Monet depicted the work’s subjects in abstract forms, he expressed them with the intention of representing them in forms closer to his first impressions of them such as the figures of the boats and the people portrayed on the water’s surface. In respect to this, he defines their figures relatively to the variations of lighting, presenting the elements in a more simplistic manner yet expressive on as
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