Inspirations

I have an art-a-day calendar at work. It has a varied collection of art in different forms and from different eras. Most are easy to at least appreciate, a few have found themselves hidden behind my water bottle, and several have made me wish that I could leave it for just one more day. It occurs to me that a good way to acknowledge and document some of the ones I enjoy the most would be to share them. So, here’s last Friday’s, which I adore:

La Plage de Saint-Clair, 1906-07

La Plage de Saint-Clair, 1906-07 (oil on canvas) by Cross, Henri-Edmond (1856-1910); 65×81 cm; Musee de l’Annonciade, Saint-Tropez, France; French, out of copyright

La Plage to Saint-Clair, 1906-07, by Henri-Edmond Cross, a French painter and printmaker who’s most acclaimed as a master of Neo-Impressionism. The colours in this painting were the first thing I noticed. They’re rich, vibrant and span the rainbow. I think it also stuck out for me because, while watching some videos about landscape quilting, I’d been reminded that one of the methods used to create depth is to use more vibrant colours in the foreground and more muted colours in the background. This painting illustrates that with the vibrant tree and slopes in the front, and the pale hills in the back.

But, mostly it was the colours.

I’m a sucker for colours.

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