Claude Monet was a french artist known well for his paintings mainly surrounding themes of nature and landscapes. Claude Monet was born in 1840 in France and studied in the Academie Suisse. After an art exhibition in 1874, a critic insultingly dubbed Monet’s painting style “Impression,” since it was more concerned with form and light than realism, and the term stuck so Monet soon started of the brand of ‘french Impressionism’.
One of Monet’s most notable works was ‘Impressionism sunrise’ which was completed using oil paints on canvas. It depicts a scene of a stretch of water with some fishermen on boats and a bright orange sunrise upon the horizon. The main colours used within the piece are quite contrasting with blues combating orange tones and applied in a very impressionistic way with a sense of realism intertwined as the boat is very delicately drawn contrasting the almost splattered looking sea and horizon. I love how Monet painted this piece and each colour going against the other making such a bright serene relaxing piece to look at.
Henri Matisse is a well known painter in fine art. He was known well for how he used colour within his paintings, the intense colorism of the works he painted between 1900 and 1905 brought him notoriety as one of the wild beasts. He developed a rigorous style that emphasized flattened forms and decorative patterns.
One of is most notable works is his self portrait, it shows him sat on a chair painting with a pallet in hand. I find this interesting as it is a painting drawn by himself of him doing a painting, its slightly comical but maybe he seen it as the best representation of himself, instead of posing he’s showing himself doing what he loves most. His style comes through in this painting with many vivid colours and blocked in shapes. I love how he only uses tone on certain parts of the piece such as the vases in the background and his face but not so much on the bright green suit he is clad in.