Activities: Gonzalès

Detail from Eva Gonzalès (1849–1883), Children Playing on Sand Dunes, Grandcamp, 1877–78

Detail from Eva Gonzalès, 'Children Playing on Sand Dunes, Grandcamp' (1877–78)

 

LOOK & RESPOND

Take a moment to look at the painting.

  • Examine the composition, identifying any solid shapes and forms you can make out in the fore/middle/background.
  • Light and shade are important qualities of this work; they help to create a sense of depth and perspective. How else do they contribute to the mood and atmosphere of the painting? Use visual evidence from the work to support your answer.

 

COMPARE & CONTRAST

Gonzalès and Morisot were two of four female painters associated with the Impressionist movement. Compare this work with Morisot’s Le Corsage Noir in terms of the following characteristics:

  • subject-matter
  • colour pallet
  • brush stroke
  • mood/atmosphere

To what extent, if at all, do you think their gender may have influenced the women’s style and subject-matter?

 

DO/MAKE!

Recreate the effect... Perspective

This work contains several strong vertical and horizontal elements- note the path, skyline, and triangular stretch of grass on the right of the composition. Sketch the work in watercolours altering the horizon line and placement of the figures; how does this impact on the sense of perspective and depth? Develop one of the versions into a finished piece using oil pastels. How does the change of medium affect the look and overall feel of the work?

Create your own... Impressionist childhood scene!

Find a childhood photo and paint it adopting Gonzalès’ Impressionistic style. Focus on the figurative elements (people) and depict the background in an atmospheric way by using broad, loose brushstrokes.