Wednesday, February 11, 2015


"Sunrise" by Claude Monet ( circa 1874) is one of the most recognizable and well known impressionist paintings. It is a landscape of a Le Havre in France but it is not a realistic portrayal of it. The impressionist form of art only captures the general shapes as well as colors, lights and darks. Historically this movement was known for the first uses of natural light in a painting. As we can observe, the individual brush strokes are visible and contribute to the paintings texture. It's history is an interesting one as it was stolen in 1985 and wasn't recovered until 1990.  The painting itself is oil on canvas and is currently on display at the Musee Mormottan Monet in Paris.

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