Sunday, September 23, 2018

Impressionist Work

Picking up where I left off yesterday with the Gallery exhibition, Claude Monet painted this oil on canvas work in 1865. The Chailly Road Through The Forest Of Fontainbleau shows a country scene in Chailly, where the artist stayed for several months that year.

Monet returned to a favourite subject, the Normandy region, in this circa 1881 oil on canvas. The Cliffs  Near Sainte-Adresse, Overcast captures the wild coastline.

Waterloo Bridge, Overcast is a 1903 oil painting by Monet. Later in his career, the artist would paint a given subject repeatedly in different light conditions. Such is the case with this London bridge, which was the subject of some forty paintings over several years. The National Gallery has one of those in its collection, out on loan to another museum at the moment.

And here we have another Monet oil painting. Seascape, Le Havre is a dramatic painting dating around 1866, depicting the coastal waters in the area where he grew up.

Moving on, this is a work by Camille Pissarro, an oil painting from 1898. Morning Sun In The Rue Saint-Honore, Place du Theatre Francais is one of fifteen paintings the artist did from his hotel room overlooking the view, in this case Paris in an autumn glow.

Pissarro spent time over the years in Pontoise, where he became friends with Cezanne and Gaugin. This oil painting dates to 1876 and uses the area as its subject, titled By St. Antony's Brook, The Hermitage, Pontoise.

Pissarro was afflicted in 1888 with a chronic eye condition that required him to stay indoors for hours on end, and so he began to paint the countryside around his home in Eragny, working from his studio. This 1894 oil painting is titled Snowy Landscape, Eragny, Evening. It gives a view out from the second floor of his studio, and reflects his feeling of winter as "the most colourful season... that there is 'nothing colder than the summer sun at its height'."

This is another oil painting from that period by Pissarro dating to 1897. A Corner In The Garden, Eragny (The Painter's Home) shows the gardens outside his home in summer. While his eye condition kept him indoors a lot, he could still look outside and take inspiration from what was before him, and so his property was a recurring theme in his work late in life.

This 1894 oil painting by Pissarro is another instance of his property being central to his work at this stage of his life. Plum Trees In Blossom, Eragny gives us his property in spring. The barn one sees in the background is the building he converted into his studio upon moving to the area in 1884. Its distinctive outer staircase appears often in his late work. The plum tree at the heart of this work seems to be shimmering.

Edouard Manet painted this oil on canvas at some point from 1858-60. Woman With A Jug reflects the history of art, in which the motif of a woman pouring water from a jug was well established, but does so in a style typical of the 19th century. The model in this case was Suzanne Leenhof, later the artist's wife and a frequent subject for him.

Eva Gonzales painted The Convalescent, Portrait Of A Woman In White around 1877-78. Her sister Jeanne, a frequent subject for the artist, is the subject here. 

Today I finish off with this 1894 oil painting by Edgar Degas. Woman Arranging Her Hair exhibits some of the qualities of a pastel, which Degas had taken to primarily using starting in the 1880s. 


  1. I love the work of the Impressionists and am lucky enough to have walked in that very same forest at Fontainbleau.

  2. ...this as always been a favorite style for me.

  3. Hello, lovely paintings. The waterscapes and cliffs are my favorite. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead.

  4. I saw hundreds of paintings by Monet when I visited the Musée Marmotttan, the Musée d”Orsay and the Orangerie Museum in Paris. We never get tired of Monet. : )
    A new exhibition will be coming to our AGO in Feb : “Impressionism in the Age of Industry – Monet, Pissaro and More… “

  5. What a cultural richdom with all those wonderful paintings.
    Did you notice anything of the tornado that struck Ottawa? I saw images of a huge ravage in Ottawa and Gattinau on Dutch tv.

  6. Such impressive talent. It really is a gift.

    I always thought Cezanne would make a beautiful name for a girl.

  7. What a wonderful collection, William!

  8. They were masters to be able to paint taking in light conditions. They were able to catch different light conditions . Awesome.

  9. Monet and PIssarro are two of my favorite artists. These are wonderful.

  10. Thank you for these brief meaningful lessons in the art you show us so well! Thanks William

  11. @Rosemary: lucky you!

    @Tom: me too.

    @Marie: you're welcome.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Eileen: thanks.

    @Catarina: I wonder if it is a variation on this.

    @Jan: I will have a post on it soon.

    @Sandi: it was wonderful to see.

    @RedPat: it was.

    @Red: they were.

    @Sharon: I agree.

    @Cloudia: you're welcome.

  12. Beautiful paintings. I really enjoyed them all. Pissarro’s feeling on winter is interesting and it does reflect on his beautiful work!

  13. I've always enjoyed seeing the work of the Impressionists.
    Great post.

    All the best Jan

  14. I think the first painting is my favourite.

  15. So many beautiful paintings. One of my favorites is the road through the forest.

  16. Pissarrq"s paintings are always very interesting to me.The Winter one and if you look at Plum Trees have such wonderful perspectives in them.
    Lovely post today.

    cheers, parsnip and badger

  17. A fantastic series of paintings. My favorite painter is Claude Monet.

  18. The AGO will be bringing masterpieces from all over the world.

    I forgot to mention: your favourite politician visited your city!! Doug Ford! Did you congratulate him on a "job well done" ?! : ))

  19. Came back to click on "Notify me".. Want to read your answer the moment I get it : ))

  20. @Tamago: it does!

    @Jan: they were great artists.

    @Marleen: it stands out.

    @Happyone: I thought that would appeal to people.

    @Parsnip: thank you!

    @Bill: he was an exceptional artist.

    @Catarina: if Doug Ford was dying and the only thing that could save him was a blood donation from me, I would tell the insufferable prick to give my regards to his brother and daddy when he meets them in hell. :)

  21. Beautiful masterpieces. I am a little partial to Monet!

  22. Wonderful artists. I enjoyed the Monet pictures I saw in Paris very much. These are wonderful, too. I love that Degas, the final one you show here. :-)

  23. Beautiful work from my favorite era. I can't imagine amassing a collection like this.

  24. I must say the portraits are compelling.

  25. Absolutely wonderful William. Love this lighter period, some of the old masters can be really dark and heavy!

  26. The impressionists have always been my favorites.

  27. Monet and Pissaro are two of my favorites and it's fun to see a few here that aren't the usual suspects. That's quite a magnificent exhibition.

  28. @Lois: I love his work.

    @Maria: thank you!

    @DJan: so do I.

    @Kay: it was quite a collection.

    @Linda: I agree.

    @Beth: so do I.

    @Grace: true!

    @Norma: they stand out.

    @Jeanie: it is indeed.

    @Klara: very much so.