|Monet - Under the Rose Arbor|
Rather than the Expressionist's harsh and primary colors, or the classic colors that colored our world in the Victorian times that the Impressionists rejected, Monet chose what we now associate as spring colors painted in a way that seriously borders on the abstract. Its too bad he never had a chance to see what the art world was to bring forth. Or how after WWI, color and design would change forever. It would be interesting to know what he would think of Braque or Picasso and how they turned the art world upside down. Yet, like Van Gogh in his final paintings, they themselves had planted the seeds of what was to come.
|Monet- Water Lilies|
Of course, not all of his paintings are this colorful or striking. He captured many scenes from everyday life but even then, there was always the tension of color, even in the most gritty scene. He used flashes of color that added interest and depth to what could have been a boring scene. It was his injection of color that made the entire scene so immediate both then and still today.
Look at these two paintings. The vibrance, the depth is mesmerizing. Never before in the world of art had anyone dared to use color this way. I remember seeing a Gauguin exhibit and was struck by how his Polynesian paintings had the colors all wrong and yet, they looked so right. Red sea, green sky, purple sand. Yet, somehow you knew exactly what he had created and only on closer examination did you realize he had it all wrong...or did he? We are taught many dictums about how things are "supposed" to be. Yet, in every advancement man has achieved, it is those who break or bend those rules that lead us to a new advance.
Never be afraid of color. Mother nature certainly isn't. If you are into color be sure to check out the colorful items on my store: KrugsStudio.etsy.com