Post ONE sentence describing each element: Line,Color,Texture,Form,Space as expressed in the Impressionism art example topic for The Artist's Garden at Vétheuil by Claude Monet. Post ONE...

  1. Post ONE sentence describing each element: Line,Color,Texture,Form,Space as expressed in the Impressionism art example topic for The Artist's Garden at Vétheuil by Claude Monet.
  2. Post ONE sentence describing each element:Line,Color,Texture,Form,Space as expressed in the Modern art example topic The Accordionist by Pablo Picasso.

3.     Your comments should--

  1. Reflect an understanding of the elements as defined in your text.
  2. Use the descriptive terms associated with describing each element.
  3. Include the descriptive terms that characterize each stylistic period as described in your text.

Please describe in ONE sentence ONLY for questions 1 and 2 the elements: line, texture, color, form, and space.

PLEASE PLEASE complete by midnight on 4/3/2015 thatwould be fantastic!  Thank you so much and PLEASE describe in ONE sentence.

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Because Impressionism was the first of the great modern movements in art, its struggle was more protracted and severe than other more radical movements such as Cubism and Surrealism. Among the most important artists of Impressionism were Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir. As they found themselves making compromises to appease the Salon, they began to follow their own impulses and paint with brighter colors and more freedom of expression. Developing such techniques as the play of light upon color, the Impressionists became effective in painting landscapes en plein air (outdoors) rather than in the traditional studios. 

  • Claude Monet's The Artist's Garden at Vetheuil


As an Impressionistic painting, Monet's depiction of his garden has no definitive line; instead, line is created by a series of brushstrokes which, looked at from a distance, give the illusion of a line.


Color is created by the play of light, a technique that reflects some of the color theories of contemporary scientists; for instance, two colors that would have been kept separate by the studio artists are placed in close proximity to each other by the Impressionist so the viewer's eyes does the mixing in the light, creating a more vibrant color than a blending of paints would.


Whereas the pictured details and none of the brushwork were considered the sign of a great painting, Monet's painting is a series of bold brushstrokes that make sense only from a distance.


Three-dimensional form is undefined and there is a flattened sense of perspective in Monet's painting because of his minimal tonal modeling; only the stairs seems to have some distant forms with the use of shadow and the smaller figures.


This painting seems two-dimensional rather than three-dimensional; with almost no negative space--there is a narrow sky--the painting seems closed and confined.
______________________________________________________________Cubism is one of the most influential art forms of modern times as it affected not only art, but music and literature. In artwork, objects are broken up and reassembled in an analytic and abstract form. Thus, the object is presented in many viewpoints rather than one in order to represent it in a larger context.

  • Pablo Picasso's The Accordionist (L'accordéoniste)


As an example of Cubism, this painting is broken into a series of geometric planes, but they are not fragmented.


This painting is monochromatic with the darker colors creating a sense of volume.


Perspective is dramatically shortened, but not completely missing; the darker planes appear closer to the eye than the others.


There is an illusion of volume that provides some form because of the darker shades of color.


As one art critic has said, the objects in Cubism must be "thought" as well as "seen"; for the most part, space is illusionary: shallow, and both positive and negative with the light/dark colors.