SPECIAL EFFECTS-1


MONET
Haystack
(1889)                                             

The Impressionists, well known for their interest in painting colorful, sunny landscapes, also studied the effects of light under many different circumstances. About 1890, Claude Monet started to paint a series, which focused on showing a subject in a succession of varying light and atmosphere.

In 1891, Monet exhibited his haystacks series.  In this series, Monet recorded the same scene through different seasons of the year and times of day by using different color tones in his palette. 


It was not an easy task for Monet to achieve these results.  He had to stand on a slope above his farmhouse at Giverny all day in the sun, snow, wind or rain.  He even destroyed some of his canvases, displeased with his inability to capture all the nuances of light changes.  This series of paintings demonstrates his renderings of instantaneity, in which he was able to depict the haystacks as they were absorbed by the change of light and environment encircling them.

MONET
Haystack
(1891)                                             

MONET
Haystack at Sunset near Giverny
(1891)


MONET
Rouen Cathedral
(1894)
In the late winter of 1892-93, Monet painted the series of Rouen Cathedral.  He painted this series from the window of a shop opposite the cathedral, so that he was able to follow the light on the weathered and complex facade from morning to evening.


MONET

Rouen Cathedral:
Full Sunlight
(1894)

 


MONET
Rouen Cathedral
(1894)

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