Impressionism: Monet vs renoir "in plein air" 


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With this art gallery I will present the comparison between both painters in the same art era. Both loved to paint and during this era they moved to the outdoors. Each had a different preference in themes. While Monet mostly painted outdoor landscapes including occasionally human figures, Renoir painted human figures of young women using  outdoors landscapes.   

Train in the Countryside, Claude Monet, circa 1870, From the collection of: Musée d’Orsay, Paris
This painting presents Monet"s preference in paintings, outdoors and nature landscapes. It presents the passing of a train through the countryside. We can see texture in this painting with all the green grass. The painting presents proportion in it. The people in the painting are strategically put. There are also examples of lines with the train that is located behind the green vegetation.
A Seascape, Shipping by Moonlight, Claude Monet, About 1864, From the collection of: Scottish National Gallery
Here we see Monet's nature at night painting. Shipping boats leaving port guided by the moonlight. He considered night paintings one of is greatest challenges We see the color effects of dark clouds with the reflection of the moon and lighthouse. Some patches of light from the moon flow thru the clouds. Movement is present with the boats and water.
Wind Effect, Series of The Poplars, Claude Monet, 1891, From the collection of: Musée d’Orsay, Paris
In this painting we see the full variations of nature, weather,season and the effect of the wind. We see the effect of curved lines in the trees. Also horizontal lines in the very long trees. Repetition is present in the sequence of curved trees. We can see movement with the wind reflected on all the foliage of the trees.
The Argenteuil Bridge, Claude Monet, 1874, From the collection of: Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Again we see as Monet"s painting continue being about nature. The light that reflects from the roofs of the houses create a variety of colors (yellows and blues) reflected on the water. The geometric bridge is reflected on the water.The sailboats are seen as the focal point of the painting.We can see all the structure elements reflected on the river.
Woman with a Parasol - Madame Monet and Her Son, Claude Monet, 1875, From the collection of: National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
This painting besides having the outdoor includes the images of mother and son having a casual walk. This is one of Monet's rare painting that include people figures in it. The mother with the parasol is centered in the painting creating her a focal point. The bright color of the sunlight is reflected on the parasol, dress and the grass.
The Excursionist, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, circa 1888, From the collection of: MuMa - Musée d'art moderne André Malraux
Here we see an example of Renoir preference, outdoor painting of human figures especially young women.The young woman excursionist with stick in hand ready to explore. The complementary color effects of the orange and blue makes the the portrait vivid. Lines are present on the walking stick in hands of the young woman. The portrait is centered on the canvas.
Pont Neuf, Paris, Auguste Renoir, 1872, From the collection of: National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
Here is a painting of people walking midday across the bridge Pont Neuf of Paris. Renoir's landscape painting is a clear example of the impressionism era. There is the correct use of proportion and the persons crossing the bridge create unity and harmony. The color blue can be seen reflected in the river and the sky which also has many clouds. The edge of the bridge create horizontal lines.
The Piazza San Marco, Venice, Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1881, From the collection of: Minneapolis Institute of Art
This canvas presents an important site "The Piazza San Marcos" in Venice. Color is presented in an unmixed form. The shapes of the arches are clearly formed. There is a symmetrical balance with the weight distributed on the canvas. Movement is reflected with the person and pigeons in front of the Piazza.
Here another painting of young women, Renoir's preference. The painting represents two sisters (which later was known were not related) sitting on a terrace with a basket full of wool for knitting. Painted in the outdoors we see a lot of foliage and the river. Colors blue and red make a good impact on the painting. Using the rule of thirds the figures are perfectly centered. The texture of the wool in the basket can be appreciated.
Luncheon of the Boating Party, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1880-1881, From the collection of: The Phillips Collection
Here we see a family group having a lunch party on a boat. This painting was classified by three critics as one of the best paintings by Renoir. As always his preference of outdoors and human figures in his paintings. All look as having fun. We can see wine and fruit on the table. The diagonal railings divide the group into two areas, one densely full and the other with less persons.
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