Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Boulevard de Capucines by Claude Monet

Boulevard de Capucines was created by Claude Monet in 1873. The painting, which was done in oil paint on canvas exhibits the use of loose brush strokes which is commonly identified as a key element of painting during the impressionist movement. What fascinates me the most about this painting, and impressionism in general, is the ability to create an identifiable image without having to paint with significant detail. Particularly, in Boulevard de Capucines, the subject of the people on the snowy street don't truly or accurately resemble a detailed human figure, it's simply just a few brush strokes, but it still manages to successfully portray a crowded street full of people.

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