Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Art and Beauty Tuesday

This gorgeous picture is A Country Lane by Pierre Bittar.  A contemporary Impressionist artist, Bittar was born in France in 1934 and has his own gallery in Harbor Springs, Michigan.

I love the spots of sunlight on the purple road in this painting.  You can really feel the awareness of texture that a bright, humid-free day (like today!) brings to your senses.  Impressionism is perfect for conveying that.

9 comments:

Michele said...

i love the bushiness of the flowers over the fence. it really gives you that air of europe about it doesn't it?

Dymphna said...

It really does.

Rae said...

Oh, lovely.

Dymphna said...

It's gorgeous, isn't it?

TACParent said...

I love the purple street/path best. I want to walk there ... slowly, quietly, and end up on a wooden bench somewhere down the path where I can sit and absorb all the beauty surrounding me. Yeah, that's what I want to do. ; )

Dymphna said...

Exactly. Time will stand still.

kkollwitz said...

Thanks for this, I don't know much about late Impressionists such as Bittar. His nature is very impressionistic; the house, less so...not the usual.

Barbara said...

Impressionism is my favorite art, next to the 1100s-1500s. Oh, and add icons to that. I love this painting and hope that I will be able to express myself so passionately as the impressionists when I master digital painting, if I ever do. It takes a lot of courage to paint like this. This painting really draws the viewer in.

Dymphna said...

You're right, kkollwitz, the house is much less impressionistic, isn't it? I think he really shows nature as changing and growing as opposed to the house which is more static.

Barbara, I think we have similar tastes!

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