TIME AND MOTION

Light Effects: natural light varies depending on the time of day. Light at daybreak is different from light at noon, dusk, or under the full moon. Claude Monet spent much of his life studying the quality of sunlight at different times of the day.

 

INSERT AFTER THE ABOVE IMAGE, NEW IMAGE TITLED “MONET WINTER WHEAT”

In his Haystack at Sunset, 1891, he accurately depicted the quality of light at sunset as warm in color, red-orange, and soft in tone. As the sunlight is losing intensity, the artist perceived fewer details in the landscape. The season appears to be mid-summer.

 

Now compare that with Monet’s painting titled Stacks of Wheat (End of Summer), 1890. The change in color, from blazing warm tones to cool pastel tones, suggests a change in weather, temperature, and month of year. Monet’s use of atmospheric color not only defines that moment of observation but also creates a poetic overtone, one suggestive of the mood of the place.