Monet’s paintings were derided as unfinished by the artists of the Salon in Paris. My copy of this Monet Gare Saint Lazare painting is even more unfinished. I’m a beginner, so I’m happy enough to start with resemblance.
I knew almost nothing about Impressionism before spending time in Europe this summer. After seeing a lot of religious paintings that had very similar themes, Impressionist paintings were a nice visual change of pace. Standing close gave one appearance, while standing far away gave a different view.
In trying to paint this one, I realized just how many different tones made up Monet’s painting. Flannery O’Connor mentioned that she knew writers who painted as a way to learn to see. I like that. I don’t always see the world as it is at first glance. Trying to replicate what I’m looking at shows me just how much detail I miss. I think I’m going to enjoy the process.