Monet vs. Cezanne: Color

This gallery compares/contrasts how Cezanne and Monet used color in their artwork.

This is a picture of haystacks in a field just west of Monet's house in Giverny. The complementary blue and orange colors build the solid shapes and cast shadows in the snow.
After Cezanne moved to Aix, France, he was intrigued by The Chateau Noir (a recently built castle made to look like aged ruins). The blue sky contrasts nicely with the yellow-orange of the castle, and the light and dark greens let us see the light and shadows in the trees.
This piece of artwork, made with oil on canvas, uses rich greens and dark browns. The greens give us a sense of nature and lushness, while the browns give a feel of the wild side of the forest.
This painting is a tightly framed compressed view of nature. At first, you think that it is made primarily of blues, greens, and browns. If you look close, you will see that there are endless variations of colors such as yellows, violets, and reds.
The bold light effects in this painting add to the dramatic mood. Dark clouds distort the moon, but we still know it is there because of the bright patches of light/reflections in the water. The lighthouse emits a soft light from afar, and the boats make strong dark silhouettes against the other objects.
This was the last painting that Cezanne made in the small French village of Montgeroult before returning to his hometown of Aix-en-Provence. The buildings outlined in blue emerge into focus from the bushes. As the road bends downhill, it in consumed by greenery, which is actually an array of different colors.
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