Monet: Still Life with a Honeydew Melon, 1879 (excerpt)

Monet: Still Life with a Honeydew Melon, 1879 (excerpt) || Detail
This session gives us the opportunity to explore Monet's approach to colour vibration, with delicate and simple brush strokes.

About this session

  • Title: Still Life with a Honeydew Melon, 1879
  • Creator: Claude Monet
  • Date Created: 1879
  • Style: Nineteenth-Century European Painting Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
  • Physical Dimensions: 680(w) x 900(h) mm
  • Original Title:
  • Catalogue No:
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Museum Barberini, Potsdam, Germany

Monet: Still Life with a Honeydew Melon, 1879 (excerpt) || Detail
The original work is in portrait format. Cropping it to landscape allows us to fill more of our canvas with detailed work on the grapes and fruit.

Materials

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

Colour

Basic Palette:

Extended palette:

Resources

What will we learn in this painting?

  • Colour Vibration

Monet: Still Life with a Honeydew Melon, 1879 (excerpt) || Detail
A close look at the light grapes reveals a plethora of colours.

Monet: Still Life with a Honeydew Melon, 1879 (excerpt) || Detail
The dark grapes are a good study in creating form with tone.

Tone

Monet: Still Life with a Honeydew Melon, 1879 (excerpt) || Tonal Sketch
A tonal sketch, removing detail and colour, helps us see the underlying designs.

Blocking

Monet: Still Life with a Honeydew Melon, 1879 (excerpt) || Tonal Sketch
Loosely blocked.

Monet: Still Life with a Honeydew Melon, 1879 (excerpt) || Tonal Sketch
More colour added prior to glazing.

Monet: Still Life with a Honeydew Melon, 1879 (excerpt) || Tonal Sketch
Using Cezanne's simplified shapes to find the rhythm and placement of the grapes.

Texture

Using Monet's vocabulary of texture we will create a chromatic story of light which captures the essence of the scene.

Detail

Monet: Still Life with a Honeydew Melon, 1879 (excerpt) || Detail from interpretation by Peter Inglis, 2021
Detail from my interpretation.

Monet: Still Life with a Honeydew Melon, 1879 (excerpt) || Interpretation by Peter Inglis, 2021
My interpretation.

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