The Sea At Le Havre Analysis

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Artists and their artwork are heavily influenced by the styles and movements of their time. The two paintings I viewed at the museum were part of a particular movement that effected their personal style and is easily seen throughout the works. The paintings have many similarities being from the same movement, but the closer I looked at the paintings and began to analyze them, I realized how different they were. The artists use the similar styles and techniques, yet the end product is drastically different. The first work I looked at was The Sea at Le Havre (1868, oil in canvas) by Claude Monet. This particular painting was from the Impressionist movement. It depicts an almost baron shore, with choppy waves. There is a sail boat close to …show more content…
There is strong use of color in the painting. Because the majority of the work is different values of blue, the opposing colors are emphasized. The ship in the sea is emphasized because it is black, while the surrounding colors are blue. This makes the ship a central focus of the piece. The similar colors in the painting also creates unity. The work is consistent and flows together because the colors are not too contrasting. Another visual element Monet 's painting has is illusion of depth. The shading in the ocean and shore create depth and make the scene look more realistic. Along with shading, The Sea at Le Havre shows illusion of depth by size. The size of the land in the background is drastically smaller than that in the foreground. Because of this, it is easy to tell the background is quite far away from the artist’s perspective. Lastly, Monet exhibits the visual element of contrast in his painting. Even though the colors are very similar throughout most of the painting, there is distinct color change that adds contrast. The difference between the shore and ocean waves is diverse. It is easy to tell when one end and the other begins. The horizon contrasts from the rest of the sky, so you have a clear vision of where the sky and sea meet. The Sea at Le Havre uses many visual elements to create the finishing …show more content…
Illusion of depth is used differently in each work. Pissarro uses atmospheric perspective to make the work look more realistic. The saturation decreases towards the background of the painting. Monet does not do this in his piece. The saturation and intensity of colors is the same throughout the painting. Monet instead uses shading and size to create depth in the artwork. Because of the different uses of illusion of depth, Pissarro’s piece looks more like something you could see in real life. Monet’s vision is a little more conceptual. Besides illusion of depth, the way both artists use impasto is unalike. Monet has much larger brush strokes and less blended paint. In the sky, each paint stroke looks like an individual cloud. In the sea, the brush strokes look like their own waves. Pissarro uses unblended brush strokes as well, but on a much smaller scale. It is easy to tell in the river and dock. Different colors are placed next to each other and from far away it looks like all one color. The clouds in Pissarro’s sky look nothing like Monet’s because they are much more blended. Both artists use the same technique in different

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