“It’s on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly.”Claude Monet (1840-1926)
Do I really need to introduce Monet? Remind, perhaps. That the pretty paintings of Monet and the Impressionists were in their day considered radical. Their works encountered aggression and derision. Painter Berthe Morisot, who married the brother of Edouard Manet, was once attacked at the opening of an exhibition of Impressionist paintings.
In that day, artists worked to certain formulae and if they were lucky, their works were selected for, and they got recognition through, the salons of the official art establishment. Paintings, including landscapes, were constructed in the studio, not painted in the open air, from direct observation. Until Monet and friends.
Cézanne said, famously, that Monet was just an eye, but what an eye! Yet, by the above quote…
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