OIL PAINTING: Meadow with Poplars aka Poplars near Argenteuil , 1875
The short, choppy brushstrokes you see in this painting by Monet - Meadow with Poplars aka Poplars near Argenteuil, were characteristic of impressionism. Through them, Monet intended to recreate the vibrating quality of light and lend their paintings a certain spontaneity. Each dab of paint is an unmixed color. Monet and others believed that placing two colors next to each other on the canvas and allowing the viewer's eye to mix them optically would result in a more intense hue than if the colors were first blended on a palette. The brushstrokes make the painting blurry when up close; by standing back, viewers get a different effect. Monet almost never used black, only for clothing and other man-made objects. If you look carefully at the shadows, you will notice that they are not black, but various shades of brown, blue, purple, green, and so on.