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David Ackerman A102 Renaissance to Modern Art Knox/Edgerton/Cherries April 18, 2011 Oil Painting #1: The piece Yerres, Effect of Rain, 1875 by Gustave Caillebotte is a simple scene depicting a river or brook being lightly rained upon. The color palate is fairly dull consisting largely of pale green, brown, and white. Near the bottom of the canvas lies the rivers bank. The sharp detail allows one to see the spotty gravel and light brown dirt upon the shore of the brook. The edge of the bank is boarded off with a pair of wooden planks. The opposite bank of the river lies flat above the across canvas, slightly above the middle. On the other bank is lively foliage: bushes, many skinny trees, and some tall grass. Through the trees a green sky and shrouded forest are visible. The water of the river sits between each bank. It has a rectangular quality, the portion of the river depicted on the canvas. The water seems to have been still prior to the rainfall, as the river mirrors the scenery of the far bank in its waters. Ripples sprouting from the raindrops obscure the mirror effect of the water. Also visible directly across the river is a small boat docked slightly hidden along the rivers sprouting bank. As you look beyond the trees of the bank and up the forestry, you will notice a smoking chimney flanking out of the trees. Beneath the chimney lies an elegant house that probably revealed one of the prettiest views in the local of the canvas. Unknown to whom the house is owned by, many observers believed it to be Cailebottes residence. I feel that this was his way of communicating his life to us with the rainy dreary day but still holding beautiful scenery.

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Oil Painting #2: In 1910, August Macke created a wonderful work of art known as Forest Stream. This oil canvas is lacking much detail compared to many other oil paintings of its time and prior to that. With brushstrokes visible, he used a variety of colors. There are many mixtures of green, blue, yellow, red, and white. Picture yourself standing on top of a hill in a forest. To your left a stream is about to drop off into a waterfall. Coming in from the bottom left corner of the canvas, the stream drops off into a small waterfall. It then reappears flowing straight up the canvas for the middle portion of the painting. Also along the bottom of the canvas are a few outlined bushes. Macke uses dark lines to portray depth and some shade. There are a total of eight trees scattered in the canvas as well. To create a rapid effect on the water, large grey stones were placed throughout the water as well as its white color. On either side of the stream, Macke used many shades of green and red to create the hills that tumble down to the valleys stream. At the top third of the painting, the stream then spits into a Y. This effect gives the water options. If it continues to the right, it merely banks around and disappears at the top edge of the page. If the water chooses to flow left, it immediately disappears behind the blurred bushes and trees. In the top left corner. Macke uses a grey-blue color to complete the streams journey. Though very blurred and undetailed, it appears through a few trees and bushes, the stream flows into a lake.

Comparison: I feel August Macke produced this canvas to reveal a personification of lifes choices with the stream. Sometimes life is rough. Relative to the waterfall, it wants to drown you and bash your body into the rocks. The lake is a symbol of peace and happiness that not everyone will find right away. But if one continues forth, all streams lead to a larger, calmer body of water. I feel Gustave Cailebotte wanted us to look at this work of art as part of his life. I think this is how he explains to us how he lived his life. The season appears to be the rainy but lovely spring with the green-filled trees leaving us with a small hole only to reveal his house on the hillside. Though completed 35 years before August Mackes Forest stream, Gustave Cailebottes Yerres, Effect of Rain is much more detailed and lifelike. His work appears to be a photograph rather than a painting due to its proper use of linear perspective and accurate colors and shades. Even the reflection on the water and the ripples distorting it are precise. Unlike Cailebottes work, Macke used light colors to send his message. Visible to the naked eye in person, he used a much larger brush creating his piece. It is also clear that he outlined many things with a thin black brush. Also another error in the Forest Stream is Mackes is of shading. Its hard to tell where the light source is coming from because some of the trees are shaded black while the bark is visible in others. Because of this fault, it was hard to tell which way the stream was supposed to flow. Cailebotte does well to shade his canvas with the obvious light source behind the trees along the river

[Type text] bank. Overall these paintings are very dissimilar from the first stroke to the last. They both serve as a different message to every different viewer. I only wish we could depict what they were thinking when they created these canvases of color.