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Morning, An Overcast Day, Rouen

ART 101: Art Appreciation
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Lisa Hooker

on 1 December 2015

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Transcript of Morning, An Overcast Day, Rouen

Light
The famous artist by the name Camille Pissarro, was a leader who studied and captured natural light in most of his paintings. The artist work was during the Impressionism movement, which he focused on light and color in France, in the late 19th century. In Pissarro’s work of art titled, Morning, An Overcast Day, Rouen, the natural source of lighting comes from an overcast day. The clouds are gray and gloomy. The light colors of oil paint was used to highlight the smoke form coming from the chimneys of buildings and boats. The artist captured reflections and movements in the water, it appears that light is shining upon the water in some areas, which gives a live illusion of moving water.
Technique
The artist during the Impressionism movement used color theory to create the effects of color and light in natural settings. In this painting it looks like Pissarro quickly captured this lively scene by using small brushstrokes to capture the busy life of the middle-class during the early morning rush hour of Rouen’s modern city life in France, in the late 1900s. When viewing this piece far back, it look like there’s actual lines implied but when viewing close up it’s really tiny dots of a mixture of altered colors made up from small brushstrokes of paint to form all the figures, such as the buildings, bridge, transportation, people, water, and sky.
Subject Matter
This painting seem to be captured in “real-time” on an overcast, rainy day in Rouen, France. The bridge is packed with many middle-class and working-class individuals. The city was the second largest city in France. The artist seem to have been inside a high rise building looking outward towards the live industrialized but modern city lifestyle of everyday people. The boats are cruising up and down the river for transportation and shipping purposes. While, others are walking or riding across the bridge going about their everday lifes.
Morning, An Overcast Day, Rouen
Pissarro, C. (ca. 1896). Morning, An Overcast Day, Rouen [21 3/8 x 25 5/8 in. (54.3 x 65.1 cm)]. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved From http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/437308?rpp=30&pg=7&ft=Impressionism&pos=201
Color Theory
The colors in the work of art is warm and cool tones, shades, and tints. There are small hints of hues. For example, yellow (the transportation on the bridge), green (the building, boat, and water) and blue (the sky and water). The colors used overall are mostly neutral colors, such as beige, gray, brown, and white.
By: Lisa Hooker
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