This month’s featured artwork is The Echo by Finnish artist Ellen Thesleff.
Brief Details About the Painting:
- Oil on canvas.
- 61 x 43.5 cm (24 x 17.12 inches).
- Completed 1891.
- Location: Unknown.
Use this as an opportunity to test your ability to analyze master paintings. In the comments below, share what you think are the top 3 most important aspects of the painting. These could relate to areas such as composition, color, value, progress, brushwork, subject, or symbolism. Once you have done that, you can compare your thoughts with my own in the drop-down below.
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- This painting shows the power of putting the right colors in the right spots. You can almost feel the glow of the sky. Great use of color doesn’t need to be complicated.
- The big idea of the painting is the subject singing (or making some kind of verbal gesture). Her face is vague, yet it stands out due to the sharp contrast from the surrounding sky.
- The name of the painting plays an important role. It gives context to an otherwise vague detail.
- The dark trees anchor the painting and provide a point of dark contrast. They make the surrounding lights appear lighter and more brilliant by comparison.
- There is a hint of atmospheric perspective, with the distant trees appearing fainter.