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