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Paintings of Modern Life HUM1002 History of Art from Middle Ages Week 5, Assignment 1; Professor Fiorillo By: Ashley Bodiford 5/27/2018 31–29 • Claude Monet ROUEN CATHEDRAL: THE PORTAL (IN SUN) 1894. Oil on canvas, 39¼″ × 26″ (99.7 × 66 cm). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. “Impressionist” According to this week's assigned readings, the late 19th-century is often known to be a critical point in the development of modern art. Impressionist & Post-impressionists turned to the contemporary world as a primary subject matter, which referenced elements of that world using an innovative technique. Impressionism was a 19th-century art movement which was defined by
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small yet thin visible brushstrokes, an open composition, paying close attention to the accuracy of lighting (i.e. as it changes), as well as visual angles & ordinary subject matter (movement is an important element). Claude Monet is an example of an Impressionist artist & was known as one of the best landscape artists of his time. He analyzed his own personal impressions of lighting & color throughout his long career, which expanded well into the 20th-century. (Stokstad, M. and Cothren, M.W., 2014) By the 1880’s & the 1890’s, he was focusing his visions more on exploring a limited variety of outdoor subjects. For example, “The Portal (In Sun)” Rouen Cathedral, from 1894. Monet created this painting, not as a definition of his own personal religious faiths, but because he was enchanted with how the light crossed the surface of the stone, changing in appearance consistently as the lighting changed throughout the day. He created numerous versions of the Cathedral, starting with a direct observation of the building from a second-story window, which was across the way & later finished from his studio nearby. In the numerous pieces he created of this building, Monet continued with his impressionist inquiry for capturing the short-lived effects of light & atmosphere, however, his broad altering of the paintings in his studio created portraits which were more thoroughly orchestrated. Also, his repetitive views of the same subject matter under different lighting circumstances was basically his attempt of showing the contribution of light to his viewer's optical perception of an object at a given time & place.
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  • Winter '16
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  • Impressionism, Subject matter, History of painting, urban life, Cothren

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