Impression, Sunrise by Claude Monet
By Kinjal Trivedi
Artist: Claude Monet
Dimension: 48 cm x 63 cm
Medium: Oil Paint
Impressionism was an era in the creative world where the artist internalized the feeling of watching something beautiful, grow with it and then paint or write about it to share with the fellow world.
This is a great medium to share feelings and establish the beauty of the scenario.
Claude Monet was an extremely observant artist. He needed to know the beauty and detail of the landscapes, sea, sun, flowers, reflection, refraction and portray it with soothing colours.
His choice of colours were pleasant. The strokes of his brush were poetic and used enough to give the subject proper value.
Each element of the landscape he painted got the place and attention it deserved.
Impression, Sunrise is one of the most beautiful and calm paintings that has been famous around the world.
This famous painting was created from a scene in the port of Le Havre. Monet depicts a mist, which provides a hazy background to the piece set in the French harbor. The orange and yellow hues contrast brilliantly with the dark vessels, where little, if any detail is immediately visible to the audience. It is a striking and candid work that shows the smaller boats in the foreground almost being propelled along by the movement of the water. This has, once again, been achieved by separate brushstrokes that also show various colors “sparkling” on the sea.
Impression, Sunrise is not typical of Monet’s work, although it does carry elements of his normal style. The horizon has disappeared and the water, sky, and reflections have all merged together. The buildings and ships in the background are only vague shapes and the red sun dominates the painting. As Monet himself commented: “It really can’t pass as a view of Le Havre.” His aim was not to create an accurate landscape, but to record the impressions formed while looking at that landscape.
Monet’s more famous paintings have been a series on lilies where it is said that he grew the ponds of lilies himself and adored them so much before painting that it was an integral part of his life.
Impressionism was indeed a great era of expressing what artists observed.
Painting of lilies that Monet is famous for