Claude Monet: Lavacourt, Sunshine and Snow
Claude Monet’s piece, Lavacourt, Sunshine and Snow, is very unique in the technique it is painted. Many of the other works are extremely detailed while this one has barely any detail. This is one of the few paintings that looks very well with low detail, the entire painting is purposefully in brushstrokes and it works together. The color choices are very similar to one another and are all smudged reds, blues, whites, and blacks. The pictures composition isn’t directly focused on any one thing and is more like Claude Monet was trying to replicate a nature photograph. I thought it was surprising that he avoided making the beautiful detail that was very popular at the time, it was risky. The lack of color was another surprise that ended up working out in Claude’s favor to make the painting very unique against the normal art of that time. The brushstroke colors flow together very well and since the colors are all in the same shade, the whole painting comes together beautifully. The way he paints this brings a soft and peaceful look which is exactly what the snowy backdrop gives off. What makes this picture so successful is the brilliant way Claude matched the painting style with what was being painted.