Claude Monet: Lavacourt, Sunshine and Snow (1881)
In Claude Monet’s illustration , he depicts winter nontraditionally. Monet utilizes qualities of impressionism such as visible brush strokes to construct structures in the painting. He uses short choppy brush strokes to illustrate the buildings, while he uses long flowing brush strokes to illustrate the mountains and the piles of snow. This contrasts the man-made aspects of the painting (the buildings) and the natural aspects (mountains and snow). Another contrasting part of this painting, is the transition from warm colors on the left side of the canvas, to neutral colors in the middle (the lake), to colder colors on the opposing side. Composition wise, there is no specific object that Monet focuses on, each part of the canvas is essential to the overall effect. The transition of color from one side of the illustration to the other side of the illustration in conjunction with the short brushstrokes conveys the illusion that the sun has set, and the remnants of light are hitting the mountains. The warmth of the sunset brings a new sense of beauty to otherwise dull winter scene . The light projected by the sunset makes the audience feel like there is hope and happiness in winter, a seemingly cold lonely season.