Environment Evolution

This gallery is based on movement in paintings, consisting of mostly Impressionist pieces made around the late 1800's early 1900's. Movement can be achieved in art by both the formal elements such as lines, shapes, space, color, texture, and surface. Movement can also be achieved through basic principles of design such as balance, emphasis, and proportion.

Vincent Van Gogh's painting "Starry Night" depicts a beautiful starry filled sky hovering above a tiny town. Meanwhile a cypress tree overlooks the town from the mountain. The way Van Gogh uses movement in his painting Starry Night is through the use of curved lines, specifically the ones in the sky. While looking at the curved lines he uses in the sky you can see a sense of movement, either a windy night or fast moving clouds. You can see this type of movement particularly in the center of the sky where the clouds look like they are almost dancing together.
Edvard Munch's piece "The Scream" depicts a man screaming while alone on a pier or dock, the reason is unknown. Edvard Munch uses lines heavily throughout this painting, which is titled "The Scream". You can see that the landscape behind the character is made up of curved lines as well as the character himself. The curved lines represent the environment and the character as something that will always move, while the dock or pier he is standing on consists of straight lines, presumably immobile.
Claude Monet's "Sunrise" depicts a small vessel of boats, probably fishing boats as its near a dock. The painting uses motion in a unique way, he doesn't use lines or curved lines to show motion in his painting, but what he does use is color and emphasis. If you look at the sun rising in the background you notice how the color of it stands out and the viewer can interpret that the sun is rising or moving.
Claude Monet's painting titled "Three Fishing Boats" depicts what the title says, just three fishing boats parked in the sand next to the ocean, you can tell its an ocean from the large crashing waves behind the group. The piece of environment that shows motion is the ocean, it achieves this through the curved line technique that many other artists in the Impressionist age used such as Van Gogh.
Another painting by Vincent Van Gogh, this one titled Landscape from Saint-Remy, where it depicts a few houses or a tiny village on the side of a hill or mountain surrounded by a wide field of grass. Van Gogh achieves movement in this painting by using curved lines again, both in the sky and the field of grass. The clouds look as if they are slowly moving across the horizon while the grass gently waves in the wind.
Another painting by Vinvent Van Gogh, this one is titled "Wheat Field with Cypresses. In this painting there are large clouds in the sky, some cypress trees on the right and bushes and shrubbery on the left. Van Gogh achieves movement in the painting by using curved lines and the use of cloud shapes makes the clouds look like their moving along the horizon of the landscape. The wheat in the field looks as if it is flowing from the wind also, you can tell Van Gogh uses a lot of movement in his paintings from the techniques he uses.
Vincent Van Gogh's painting titled "Wheat field under thunderclouds" depicts a thunderstorm rolling in over a wheat field. You can see the movement in the thunder clouds as they move towards you, Van Gogh achieves this using color. If you look at the top most cloud you can see that it is a brighter white resembling that its closer to the viewer. Meanwhile the clouds on the horizon are a darker hue resembling that they are farther away. The painting also has balance to it, the sky is dark and looks menacing like its moving towards the user, meanwhile the plains and grass are stationary and have bright green colors which enlighten the mood giving the viewer a stronger sense that the sky is moving.
Another painting by Claude Monet titled "Woman with a Parasol - Madame Monet and Her Son". The picture depicts Monet's wife and son taking a stroll through a field while Monet wanted to capture the moment and did so. Monet achieved movement through the use the environment. You can tell by the way his wife's dress flows from right to left that it seems to be a windy day, that along with her parasol. With the grass and flowers flowing in front of her dress this piece is expression both motion and movement.
Rough Weather at Etretat by Claude Monet, depicts big waves crashing at the shoreline while two people watch in awe. The way Claude Monet uses curved lines and the shapes of the waves makes the viewer feel like the waves are so strong that even they could get hit by them. The dark clouds in the sky look as if they are rolling by from the colors that Claude Monet used. By looking at this you almost want to tell to the two people standing by the waves to move away because of how dangerous this looks.
The final piece is titled Heave Sea at Pourville by Claude Monet. It depicts a group of people similar to his painting Rough weather at Étretat. It seems that there is a storm brewing and these people are watching it from the safety of the shoreline. The way Claude Monet defines movement within this piece is his use of lines and shapes. If you look at the clouds hovering over the ocean it looks as if he uses horizontal lines to represent that it is pouring in the distance, coincidence to the title right? The waves in the ocean look to be like they're rocking splashing as the storm churns the water making the ocean uneasy.
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