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by Claude Monet

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Sunrise - Description

Claude Monet wrote, " You'll understand, I'm sure that I'm chasing the merest sliver of color. It's my own fault. I want to grasp the intangible. It's terrible how the light runs out. Color, any color, lasts a second, sometimes 3 or 4 minutes at most" (source: At no time is light more fleeting than at sunrise or sunset. During these times, color can change dramatically, even in a minute's time. "Sunrise (Marine)," is Monet's exploration of color over all else. The color palette here is extremely limited. The sky is a deep grey and blue. It is difficult to tell where the horizon lies, and these same colors are used in the water below. Multiple ships are lined up in the right of the canvas, and more are just visible on the left. The ship nearest to us on the left is spewing smoke from a stack, adding grey to the scene. In the center, a small sailboat with two figures is also rendered in grey and blue. A small rowboat with yet more human figures is shown on the right of the canvas. In the direct center of the canvas, a brilliant orange sun is rising. It is obscured by the clouds, so all the viewer can see are horizontal clouds picking up the orange of the sun. These same lines appear in the water below, coming directly at the viewer. "Sunrise (Marine)" is an ode to orange, and expression of color on a limited background.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Sunrise

Original Artist: Claude Monet
Subject: Seascapes
Style: Impressionism
Medium: 100% Hand-painted on Canvas
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