Title of Work: Paris Street; Rainy Day
Name of Artist: Gustave Caillebotte
Medium: Oil on canvas
Date of Work: 1877
Style of Art: The style that Gustave Caillebotte painted Paris Street; Rainy Day is in impressionism. Although it is impressionism, there is also a realist view. The work is representational of a street in Paris.
Description: This work of art shows plenty of detail. This 83 1⁄2 by 108 ¾ inch painting shows human figures with great detail, which is made possible from the oil paint since it is slow drying. The placement of colors is representational of the actual place where this scene takes place. The shapes vary from straight edges seen in the lamppost, street and building structure, to the curved edges of the umbrella and human figures. The main focus of this work of art is the couple in the front right of the painting, then using different perspectives and use of colors, the eye is drawn to the building in the back left. This placement of shapes brings the viewers eye all around the painting, not missing a thing.
Analysis/Interpretation: When first walking into the Metropolitan Museum of Art, nothing really caught my eye. Looking at the paintings, something pulled me toward Paris Street; Rainy Day. I’m a very straight forward person, and I enjoyed that it depicted an actual scene. A street in Paris, when it happened to be raining. I feel like if I was an artist, this would be exactly what I would draw. I enjoyed looking at this painting and the more I observed it I realized that it seemed to be out of focus a little bit. Although I thought this, I see major detail in the human bodies, the clothes, as well as the background of the buildings. It was interesting that the detail went as far as people walking in the streets in the background, and not only the couple in the front that your eye automatically goes to. Even though this painting shows a gloomy day, I do not think that it gives the viewer a sad feeling...
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