Le Moulin de La Galette and a Sunday Afternoon

Compare/Contrast Paper
September 25, 2011
The artworks “Le Moulin de la Galette” and “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” are two similar but completely different compositions. These two pieces of art showed the way of life and the direction art took in the impressionist time. Impressionism was a late nineteenth century style characterized by the attempt to capture the fleeting effects of light by painting in short strokes of pure color. During the Impressionist period art was mainly landscape scenes or scenes where members of the middle class enjoying their leisure-time activities. In this essay you will read a formal analysis of each of the two pieces and a comparison and contrast as well.
“Le Moulin de la Galette,” by impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir was said to be the most wonderful painting ever during the period. Renoir was among the best figure painters during the era. Renoir depicted an afternoon dance which captures true Parisian culture. In his masterpiece men and women with expressions of gaiety converse, dance and enjoy their time. Renoir mainly focused on the effect on light in his painting. All of the figures in his painting have light shun on them from the sunlight through the trees.   Renoir liked contrasting colors with small feathery brushstrokes to produce a very vivid effect.   The bright colors he used made an illusion of movement. The color pallet that he chose was very thought out and it contributed to how beautiful the artwork turned out. The painter tried to stay away from dark colors with the exception of the people’s clothing and worked with lighter colors. Everything in his painting seems to come alive. It is an overall a very pleasant painting.
The painting “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,” by Georges Seurate is a soft, laid-back, structured piece of art.   It illustrates Parisians enjoying an afternoon in a local park. He wanted his painting to be very optical. This composition was...