Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Big Ben - Andre Derain

This is an oil painting called "Big Ben" by Andre Derain. This painting vividly captures Londons canal with Big Ben in the background. He uses a mixture of choppy & smooth brush strokes that gives it a flow, and a distortion of reality. I feel it's very difficult to paint water accurately and capture its movement/motion, and this painting portrays just that. He uses bright primary colors that give the moon an "exploding effect" which he says are like "charges of dynamite." This reminds me of stained glass.

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