Monet: Vetheuil, 1879 No.2

Monet: Vetheuil, 1879 No.2 \\o// Paint this at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com.
This wonderful landscape by Monet conveys the shimmering and energetic feeling of the summer sun on water, buildings and land.

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About this session

About Vetheuil:

  • Vetheuil (pron: Ve-tey-ee)
  • At the time Monet painted Vetheuil it had only 600 inhabitants
  • It is about 10km from the nearest railway station.
  • Painted from Monet's boat
  • Sitting on a busy trade route between Rouen and Paris, Monet has chosen not to portray any river traffic
  • Features 13c gothic church, Notre Dame

Monet created about 30 paintings of Vetheuil according to his usual method, en plein air and showing the effect of light on the subject at different times of the day.

This wonderful landscape conveys the shimmering and energetic feeling of the summer sun on water, buildings and land.

  • Title: Monet: Vetheuil 1879 No.2
  • Creator: Claude Monet
  • Date Created: 1879
  • Style: Nineteenth-Century European Painting Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
  • Physical Dimensions: 810(w) x 600(h) mm
  • Original Title: Vetheuil
  • Catalogue No: W.1733
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • National Gallery of Victoria, Australia, 1937

Materials

  • Provided: Canvas, paint, impasto, extender, gel, pencils, brushes, palette knives, apron, light refreshments
  • BYO: Sketch book

Colour

Basic Palette: Cool Red (Crimson) | Yellow Ochre (Yellow Oxide) | Yellow (Cadmium Yellow) | Cool Blue (Pthalo Blue)

Extended palette:

Resources

What will we learn in this painting?

  • Monet's brush strokes
  • Monet's use of the flat brush
  • Monet's process
  • Colour mixing with the Chevreul Colour System
  • Reflections

Tone

Monet: Vetheuil, 1879 No.2 \\o// Paint this at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com.
Start with a warm toned canvas, to set off the predominantly cool palette of the painting.

Monet: Vetheuil, 1879 No.2 \\o// Paint this at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com.
Divide the canvas into thirds and make a tonal sketch of the architectural features.

Monet: Vetheuil, 1879 No.2 \\o// Paint this at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com.
Refine the detail of the cathedral.

Blocking

Monet: Vetheuil, 1879 No.2 \\o// Paint this at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com.
We mix the most prominent colours and block them in with loose, gestural strokes.

Then we glaze the painting and have a nice cup of tea as the glaze dries (about 20 min).

Texture

Using Monet's vocabulary of texture we will create a chromatic story of light which captures the essence of the scene.

Monet: Vetheuil, 1879 No.2 \\o// Paint this at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com.
Buildings.

Monet: Vetheuil, 1879 No.2 \\o// Paint this at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com.
Sky and clouds.

Monet: Vetheuil, 1879 No.2 \\o// Paint this at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com.
Constructing clouds with warm highlights and cool shadows.

Monet: Vetheuil, 1879 No.2 \\o// Paint this at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com.
Trees.

Monet: Vetheuil, 1879 No.2 \\o// Paint this at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com.
Land and water.

Monet: Vetheuil, 1879 No.2 \\o// Paint this at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com.
Developing the textures.

Monet: Vetheuil, 1879 No.2 \\o// Paint this at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com.
Developing the textures.

Monet: Vetheuil, 1879 No.2 \\o// Paint this at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com.
Developing the textures.

Detail

Monet: Vetheuil, 1879 No.2 \\o// Paint this at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com.
My final version, which serves as a model in the class for students closely examine the brushtrokes.

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