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Impressionists - high-point view - angle allows you to look down from under the top of the heads and then up and then what happens is because the background is so enlarged and so detailed, it makes the background seem to come forward as if to make the shape shallower, emphasizing that his is a flat piece of paper/flat canvas. He is adopting the kind of spatial handling, - he also adopted other aspects of Japanese art. this is one that shows you the bright patterns of colors, the rich colors, sometimes they are more muted, but monet is clearly admiring the bright reds, greens, and blues, as well as decorative patterns, with all the different dress and a decorative pattern of flowers scattered around the paitnting. - Your eye is really attracted to the reds and yellows, which in a sense iplies that the artist is trying to make his face seem shallower, make your eye go to the background, with the reds and oranges, attract your attention, reminding you that this is not a deep place, just a flat piece of paper covered with lines and colors, etc. - in the next painting, horizontal bands, you can say that the greens lead your eye around, the reddish-orange going all around the painting, with the two flags, and the blues as well - he is emulating the bright decorative patterns of Japanese prints, using them as – impressionists would – recreate the effects of sunlight, almost in a photographic way - on the right, is the painting of his wife, is extremely important that really follows the direction that monet had been continuing and pursuing since earlier in his career, one thing it shows is it shows him looking at Japanese prints - decorating it with dots and dashes of color to show foliage or patterns Women in the Garden - monet is aware of the silhouettes, the importance of flat areas of color and the decoration, everything is on one surface, affirming he flatness, he purposely locsks off the distance, obstructs the path off to the sky, so you see very little sky because he wants to emphasize the closeness of the space and the figures to the level of the canvas - he did it between 1866 and 1867 and is a relatively large painting, 6 feet wide, mentions it because it is a real challenge for monet, he was determined to capture light on canvas and the only way he felt he could do it is if he painted the picture out of doors - he dug a trench and lowered he canvas down into the ditch with the trench that he dug and he would work on the top of the painting, he had to work very quickly so that he didn’t need to go on a ladder - he wanted consistent light effects, he did it completely out of doors, directly, right on the canvas, without preliminary studies - his wife is he focus, but she’s wearing different dresses, his parents were horrified
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at the thought of - some art historians say that this is monet’s way of defying social norms by living with a woman out of wedlock, they do get married later, but at this point she is pregnant and yet he’s painting a picture, flaunting her, flaunting it.
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