FormalAnalysis of Pissarro’s Painting
The Garden of the Tuileries on a Spring Morning that wascreated by Camille Pissarro is an oil painting on canvas. Pissarrowas a French artist that had mastered skills in making some of thegreat pieces of art. More important, the painting provides criticalinformation on the European culture. In particular, it illustrates asimple spring morning in Paris. The garden was a public area wherepeople will hang out and share ideas on various important issues.Hence, the painting captured a common phenomenon of the Europeanculture. This paper will provide a formal analysis of the paintingand identify the essence of the visual elements used.
The painting illustrates a garden that has multiple people walkingaround trying to relax. Apart from that, the park also has theblooming trees that have green colors, and they are calm meaning thatit is not windy. Besides that, the soft blue sky also matches withthe previous scenes that match with the climate during a springseason (Pissarro). At the furthest point of the painting, one can seebuildings that serve as the background. The garden also has a pool,multiple sculptures, walking path and vegetation.
Pissarro created the painting in 1899 when he was still trying tocreate a name in the industry. In this case, the art is oil oncanvas, and that masterpiece asserts that the artist has acquired therequired skills. More important, the painting is described as one ofthe many pieces of arts that were made while he was living in hisapartment that was located in the rue de Rivoli. In fact, thepainting captures the way that the Tuileries Gardens in Paris seemedon a spring morning(Pissarro). Pissarro also created the piece of artwhen he was an advanced stage of the career. It was a time when hewas clearly enjoying the commercial success when he made it. At thesame time, he was somehow unable to make it, and he decided to rent ahouse where he engaged in all the activities involved in preparingthe painting. The house provided a vantage point where he could paintwhile observing the garden(Pissarro). Hence, the piece of art wascreated from the window of the house that he had rented. He had otherpaintings that had the Tuileries Gardens, but, none of them matchedto this one. Clearly, he had mastered important skills, and he usedthem in creating a piece of art that will remain in the minds of theother artists and the audience too.
In the painting, Camille Pissarro uses the atmospheric perspective toillustrate the beauty of the garden. In fact, the visual element isalso helpful in showing the extent of the garden and how it is nearthe town. When one observes the painting, it is clear that thedistance between the viewer and the buildings at the far point keepsincreasing. The color intensity also reduces since the objects thatare near the viewer are brighter while the ones at the distant pointare a bit darker (Frank, 48). In particular, Pissarro uses theatmospheric perspective as a way of capturing the illusion ofinfinite space.
Pissarro also uses linear perspective to highlight the land, objectsas well as the sky that are in the painting. A closer look at the artshows how imaginary parallel lines converge at the further end(Frank, 46). The place where the sky meets with the buildings alsoplays the role of a vanishing point. In this case, he uses the eyelevel and the horizon line concepts in making the painting morepresentable. In fact, the approach is helpful in capturing all theessential objects that reveal how a garden is supposed to be.
More important, the artist also uses the implied depth concept toillustrate the important objects and the ones that are not essential.More important, it is evident that the painter uses the overlappingidea to give priority to certain images than others (Frank, 45). Forinstance, the implied depth is used in showing that the garden wasthe main focus, but, the buildings serve as the background. Pissarroachieves such results when he uses vertical placement where thegarden, trees, and the people takes a large part of the painting. Theidea of overlapping is also crucial in creating a proper paintingwhere everything depicts certain crucial themes.
The painting also captures the implied motion of the people walkingand even suggests time-based on the clear skies. In particular, thevisual elements are critical in revealing the individual issues thatPissarro wanted to highlight. For instance, the people in thepainting are talking and walking in the garden as they enjoy thesurrounding (Frank, 49). The scenario illustrates how motion is fusedinto a painting. On the other hand, he uses clear skies that areassociated with the afternoon and that show how Pissarro incorporatedthe concept of time in the art. The idea of time also utilizes thegreen trees and the cloudless skies to assert that spring has arrivedfinally.
In conclusion, the artist uses implied motion and time that isevident through the people walking, the soft blue skies and theblooming green trees to reveal that spring has begun. In this case,Pissarro uses multiple aspects in order to have a proper way ofillustrating the way that people are free to walk during the springseason. Winter often makes the roads impassable, and the intense coldmight scare people from moving outside of their houses. However, thepainter uses the visual elements to capture the freedom that peoplehave during spring and how nature is presentable at that particulartime as well.
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Pissarro,Camille. TheGarden of the Tuileries on a Spring Morning.1899. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York.http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/437313.Accessed January 2017.