Australian Landscape and Identity

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australian landscape and identity - question 3 - frames

The works of Claude-Oscar Monet and the group of Heidelberg painters , in particular that of Australian artist Fredrick McCubbin , though decades apart , do not differ incredibly dramatically from each other and share a lot of similarities . This can be seen specifically through study of the structural , cultural , postmodern , and subjective frames in both Monet's `the Floating Studio` ( c. 1874 ) and McCubbin's `Princes Bridge` ( c. 1904 ) .

Aspects of each artwork such as paint application , materials , subject , and technique all contribute to the structural similarity of the works coming from the Impressionist and Heidelberg movements . Right on the surface of Monet's work we see the thick application of the oil paints create physical contours and textures built up on the canvas . Through manipulation of the media Monet has managed to layer the paint in such a way that achieves an illusion of motion and ripples in the water .

McCubbin also seems to have taken inspiration from this technique through a similar use of the oil paints . He creates qualities of luminosity and depth reflecting off the water under the bridge in his work .

Another commonality between these works is that each were painted outside the restrictions and confinements of a studio environment , the technique of `plein air painting` was one introduced to the art world by Monet and other associated artists in the impressionist period . By doing this the artist achieve a work that is painted not merely of "the persistent surface appearance of natural objects" - History of Modern Art , for this creates an equally flat picture , but to rather capture "the never-ending

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