I really enjoy looking at the art work we saw today. Monet is one of my favorite artists and the impressionist genre of art is super nice. I like the idea of capturing a moment in time and a mood. I also like how the naked women are looking at the audience and they are so comfortable with their bodies.
I really like this painting too. However, I especially enjoyed looking at Manet's paintings. His two versions of "The Railway" were by far my favorites. Using the same title twice, as well as the theme of industrialization, he managed to create two completely different, yet beautiful, impressionist works. In the earlier painting, he focuses upon the city of Paris, which serves as a character itself, and the railway is in the background. Although the painting is filled with haze from pollution, Manet manages to make a dirty subject beautiful through his color choice. In the latter painting, people are in the forefront and the train is even farther removed in the background. Despite the different perspective, Manet continues to focus upon color.
I just have to say that Julia and I are extremely excited to finally grasp the difference between paintings by MONET and MANET. Since both men were talented impressionists, and they each created similar works, it was easy to confuse the two when we were in AP Euro last year. Now I feel that I truly understand the difference!
I like the idea that Monet was not necessarily concerned with a particular subject while painting, but instead used light to portray a certain mood. The artist paints so as the viewer of this piece gets the feeling that he/she is slightly blinded by the light. Monet makes it look like the glass is even fragmenting the light. He does this by using a great contrast in colors, between the white light and the darker trains.
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