Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Impression, soleil levant

Monet's 1872 painting of Le Havre harbor, Impression Sunrise, is a painting I only discovered yesterday. But it only took one look to amaze me. I'm not necessarily a big Monet fan (my tastes run more modern - abstract expressionism to be specific) and I'm a little late to the party on this one but it's "ridiculously awesome."


Chris said...

What is so "ridiculously awesome" about it? Seriously, I'm curious.

John said...

First, the color choices and balance provide a great sense of the sunrise and the early morning sky tones. When you contrast that with the black used for the boats you add a sense of solitude that heightens the sunrise motif. The brush strokes are incredibly light and sparse to ensure the painting doesn't lose itself under its own weight. There is also a circular motion of composition from the boats to the left and up into the sky again tying into the sunrise theme. I could go on with the color choice for the sun and how it doesn't override the rest of the painting's tone. It's much more abstract that impressionistic to me. I can't find it online, but another painting by Monet of a room all in red supposedly was a great inspiration for Rothko.

Francis Shivone said...

I agree. Beautiful piece.