The Urban Renewal Project Of Paris, Caillebotte Painted Paris Street ; Rainy Day ( Fig )
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During the time of the urban renewal project of the Haussmannisation in Paris, Caillebotte painted Paris Street; Rainy Day (Fig. 1). Depicting little to no amount of communication and physical contact between the various figures walking through the intersection, this significantly unique painting provides a sense of isolation and detachment. Caillebotte utilises several techniques in order to construct a powerful two-point perspective in his painting. By determining where the lines of the objects in the painting recede towards and eventually meet along the horizon, the vanishing points can be located.
As the illusion of a three-dimensional space is recreated onto a picture plane on a two-dimensional surface, the vanishing points are…show more content… The smaller the figures are, the further away they are portrayed.
Furthermore, when the parallel lines of an object on a picture plane extend toward a single point, the object will appear as though it is further away. Thus, these lines will eventually converge and disappear at a point in the implied distance. This is known as the vanishing point. Objects on a picture plane can appear larger or smaller, depending on the distance from the viewer. For instance, in Paris Street; Rainy Day, the architecture towering over the horizon provides a significant indication of where the vanishing points are situated. The lines representing the roof, mouldings, windows and balconies on the façade of the building in the middle left of the painting recede diagonally towards the horizon. If these lines visibly extended further, they would converge at two points on either side of the building along the horizon. More specifically, these vanishing points would be located by the umbrella on the left and just to the right of the lamp post along the horizon.
Whether there are one, two, or three, vanishing points enable one to recreate a perceived point of view with form and depth in space. Perspective is a fundamental component of producing realistic landscapes, still-lifes, portraits, etc. As demonstrated through the exploration of the perspective in