Monet: Woman Reading, 1872

Monet: Woman Reading, 1872 \\o// Paint this at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com.
Explore the power of complementary colours as we play pink against green in this romantic Monet.

About this session

In this painting, Claude Monet uses his first wife, Camille Doncieux, as the model as he captures the subtle lighting effects with a pink silk dress in the shade.

Monet: Woman Reading, 1872 \\o// Paint this at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com.
My interpretation.

  • Title: Woman Reading, 1872
  • Creator: Claude Monet
  • Date Created: 1872
  • Style: Nineteenth-Century European Painting Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
  • Physical Dimensions: 500 x 655 mm
  • Original Title: when exhibited at the Second Impressionist Exhibition in 1876, this painting was titled more generically, "Woman Reading."
  • Catalogue No:
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Walters Art Museum, Baltimore (U.S.A.)

Materials

  • Provided: Canvas, paint, impasto, extender, gel, pencils, brushes, palette knives, apron, light refreshments
  • BYO: Sketch book

Colour

Basic Palette

Monet: Woman Reading, 1872 \\o// Paint this at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com.
Warm and cool - complementary colours meet at the hem of the dress, creating a strong colour vibration.

What will we learn in this painting?

  • Fabric
  • Grass
  • Skin

We will start with a warm tone.

Monet: Woman Reading, 1872 \\o// Paint this at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com.
Our initial sketch. We use the rule of 3rds to help us place the figure.

Blocking

Monet: Woman Reading, 1872 \\o// Paint this at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com.
We block in the scene with loose, gestural strokes.

Detail

Monet: Woman Reading, 1872 \\o// Paint this at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com.
Students can do a tracing from a print-out I supply to make the face easier to paint.

Monet: Woman Reading, 1872 \\o// Paint this at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com.
Detail of the brush strokes used to create the impression of grass.

Texture

Monet: Woman Reading, 1872 \\o// Paint this at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com.
Further along with texturing. As usual Monet used several techniques in the one painting.

Student paintings

These student paintings demonstrate yet again how much knowledge of style a passionate art lover has locked up - my teaching methods merely unleash what is within!

Monet: Woman Reading, 1872 \\O// Student paintings completed at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com
Student paintings completed in one session at Inglis Academy, November 2020.

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