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Impressionist landscape

Next Thursday we will be looking at landscape/cityscape painting and how we can use silhouettes to control the composition and also give an indication of distance.

Here are some examples by Monet and Whistler:

Whereas the first relies on different hues mixing optically to give us a vibrant impression, the atmosphere of the second is achieved through layering colour to achieve a more "tonalist" atmosphere.

In both cases the painter has chosen to simplify the scene and let the painted surface narrate the story.

When choosing your reference images to bring in on Thursday, please think about how the scene could be simplified into clearly defined shapes which will make for an interesting composition. This painting by Alfred Sisley uses a very limited palette but the interlocking shapes make for a very interesting composition.

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