On the Bank of the Seine Bennecourt Formal Analysis

784 Words May 27th, 2012 4 Pages
Shane Cratty

A Beautiful Day on the River Seine
April 17th, 2012
Art 1.2
Section 4136

On the Bank of the Seine, Bennecourt by the French painter Claude Monet is one of the few great paintings that truly embody Impressionism. On the Bank of the Seine, Bennecourt was painted in 1868 on the Seine River in the Northwestern Portion of France. Created with oil on canvas and standing at thirty-two inches tall by thirty-nine and two-thirds inches wide, this painting depicts Monet’s future wife, Camille Doncieux, gazing across the Seine River at a village not too far off in the distance. The ability this painting has to capture the eye is amazing and unique, and allows you to fully appreciate the Impressionist Art Movement.
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The artist creates color harmonies and contrasts throughout the whole peace which gives it a strange balance overall.
The texture of the painting itself is probably rough. The artist makes no great attempt at conveying implied texture to the viewer. It seems as though implying texture may detract from the overall attitude of the piece. Altogether texture doesn’t play a huge role in this work of art.
Claude Monet’s use of the illusionary space in this image is actually quite amazing. At first glance, your eye is drawn towards the left side of the painting, due to the amount of large and bulky objects in the foreground. Suddenly though your eyes turn to Camille; the woman gazing into the distance. As she stares off into the distance she acts a point to redirect the focus of the piece past the water and into the village across the river. This painting has a surprising power in that it is ability to fully mesmerize and captivate the viewer in a way few pieces of art can.
The use of line in this piece is also very interesting. The artist employs a high horizontal line to create a plunging effect giving the piece more depth. Another use of lines in the image is to create focal points to attract the viewer. Lines are also used to separate the different sections of the painting. Overall this painting uses lines in dynamic ways that vastly enhance the viewers’ pleasure and admiration of the piece.
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