Claude Oscar Monet portrayed the Palazzo da Mula Morosini on the Grand Canal, Italy, in a painting entitled Palazzo da Mula at Venice. The artist took a trip to Venice in 1908, where he produced the masterpiece. It was the same year that Monet decided to settle down in Giverny, where he spent the rest of his days. During this period, he took various trips to cities like Normandy and London, as well as the outskirts of France, searching peaceful places to paint.
Monet, like many other modern artists, was profoundly influenced by the Japanese art that was arriving in Europe at the time. This exotic art were woodcut prints on paper, making it possible for artists to use pure and bright colors, as well as dark contours. The technique also gave a new sense of perspective, and the artists would work with compositions very different than the ones taught by the Classic Academies. These modern painters were mainly going against these Classic rules, rooted in ancient Greece, and the Japanese art brought a polar opposite influence. European artists were propelled to work en plein air, meaning they worked outside to have the direct contact with nature and observe the effects of light on the landscape, instead of imagining this and working in a studio.
The painting Palazzo da Mula at Venice is an extraordinary example of an Impressionistic painting. Monet combines expressive and loose brushstrokes with a fantastical and complementary color palette to create a masterpiece. He also arranged the composition as the viewer was zooming in the picture, as he fills the whole canvas with the Palazzo and river – not showing the sky. The water takes up almost half of the canvas and was painted with short horizontal brushstrokes of blue, violet, green and yellow. There are two boats on the water next to two doors of the building. There are multiple long, thin windows in bright pink and purple-blue.
The building itself varies a lot in color. There are some decorated balconies as well. This scene is very still, but Monet was able to give it movement with the constant swirling brush strokes of the building and the layers of colors of the reflecting water. Monet’s passion for portraying his vision of how the sunlight affects different surfaces and colors can be seen in the artwork Palazzo da Mula at Venice.
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