Emile Claus: Sunny Day (1899)

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Emile Claus, Sunny Day, 1899, Height: 92.7 cm (36.4 in); Width: 73.5 cm (28.9 in),Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent [Public domain or CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D, from Wikimedia Commons

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Emile Claus’ oeuvre gives us a picture of everyday life in the Leie region around the turn of the 1900s. A painting as Sunny Day, which was created exactly that year, is a model for his narrative impressionism. The canvas displays remarkable parallels with the work of a well-trained photographer. After all, it arouses the appearance of a snapshot, and is, as it were, a window on reality.

The abrupt cut-offs in the foreground accentuate the life-like aspect of the performance. At the same time it is a well thought-out and well-balanced composition, in which the different components of the performance are brought together by the unifying light and low-contrast colourite. Characteristic of this period in Claus’ work is also the soft shadow play, in which a generally invisible foliage covers the hard summer sunlight and creates light and shadow over the performance.

Quote from Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Especially love the play of sunlight on the back wall 🙂

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    1. Good morning, Rosaliene! I love the dappled sunlight, also. Thanks for commenting. 🙂

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