Friday, September 21, 2007

Advice to a Young Monet, 1859

Gawler Ranges, Australia, WIP
colored pencil on drafting film, 12 in x 15 in
copyright J. Rose Welty

After Monet gained some local notoriety as a caricaturist in Le Havre, he was sent to Paris in 1859 to develop his talents. He eventually meant Constant Troyon, who gave him the following advice:
  • learn to draw
  • work in the studio with live models
  • make copies of originals in the Louvre
  • work from nature
Monet was also encouraged by Eugene Boudin to paint en plein air. As Monet explains it, it was a big moment for him as an artist.

I guess advice to budding artists hasn't changed very much over the years!


Wendy said...

Rose, it seems like the grisaille is working really well, your picture is coming along beautifully!

Rose Welty said...

Wendy, thank you so much! :-) As I said, I owe you.

Jo Castillo said...

Rose, this is looking great. I'll comment more later.


Katherine said...

That is such sound advice!

Rose Welty said...

Katherine, funny thing is though, there is no real evidence that Monet followed it. Whether he heeded it or not, he did find his way.