Those who are not conversant in works of art are often surprised at the high value set by connoisseurs on drawings which appear careless, and in every respect unfinished; but they are truly valuable... they give the idea of a whole.
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Monday, January 6, 2014

Eye Candy for Today: Monet’s Magpie

Posted by Charley Parker at 11:50 pm

The Magpie, Claude Monet
The Magpie, Claude Monet

Beautifully direct and painterly, The Magpie is the best known of Monet’s numerous snow scenes.

On Google Art Project, also in high-res on Wikimedia Commons (4.7mb). Original is in the Musée d’Orsay.

5 comments for Eye Candy for Today: Monet’s Magpie »

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  1. Comment by Sherrill
    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 @ 2:28 am

    Eye candy, indeed! Yum! :)

  2. Comment by David
    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 @ 10:53 am

    I have always had a love/hate relationship with this painting.

    First, The color is wonderful and full of crisp light.

    Second, it’s a Monet, who could NOT love a Monet?

    Third, It’s a bad composition. Look how much emphasis the bird gives to the left side of the painting. And there is really nothing on the right.

    If it was his intention to include the shadows in the snow as a counter or even the essence of the day, it still doesn’t make the grade.

    I cannot escape the bird on the fence long enough to enjoy the day, like light into a black hole.

  3. Comment by Charley Parker
    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 @ 12:10 pm

    Interesting. I’ve sometimes thought, because of the way most of us in the Western hemisphere read images as well as text left to right, that the composition might be stronger if the painting was reversed, left to right: http://www.linesandcolors.com/images/2014-01/magpie_flopped.jpg

  4. Comment by David
    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 @ 5:08 pm

    Your right it is.

  5. Comment by Paul Corfield
    Friday, January 10, 2014 @ 9:20 am

    I think the original composition is mostly ok but maybe without the gate it would have been better. The Magpie could have been moved slightly to the right and onto the gate post, or even add a new post further to the right sticking out of the hedge.

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