Friday, 19 April 2013

INTO THE LIGHT AND FOREST LIGHT DUO - MONET OR MANET?

FOREST LIGHT
ORIGINAL ART
3.5" x 2.5" ACEO
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MONET OR MANET?
I've always love Claude Monet and I'm sure there isn't a nature Artist working today who isn't influenced by him to some degree. However, Edouard Manet's bolder style speaks louder to me. Even Monet was influenced by Manet for a while until he developed his own style, and I can see why. Since visiting Paris and seeing many works from both of these famous artists I have to say I would prefer to paint like Manet. 


In his early career, Manet mastered the use of luscious patches of light and dark, placed close to each other with few transitional shades. This shows clearly in his floral studies. His treatment of peonies  in this painting at Musée d'Orsay, is absolutely stunning. He also used this style to create massive impact in larger works like "Olympia", also at the Orsay.

I even find Manet's colours more appealing in the flesh, because many of Monet's later works drifted towards muted transitions and unusual colour combinations with a surprising amount of raw canvas showing beneath the paint.

My latest Duo here, started out with subtle gradation closer to the layered colours of Monet, but when I stepped back I realized they would benefit from more highly defined contrast. This is more evident in the effect of light on the foliage and both these paintings capture the contrasting dappled light on the forest trail. The ACEO miniature was the first in the series and is therefore a little closer to Monet's staccato transitional style. The larger work displays more of Manet's influence. 

Which do you prefer?






INTO THE LIGHT 
ORIGINAL ART by Sea Dean - 8" x 6"

Cat # 13095 Forest Light - Cat # 13096 Into the Light