The road to Giverny in winter’ is a wonderfully idyllic painting. Only Monet could make a cold winter’s day seem warm and inviting by the way he uses tones of pink. The contrasting textures of this painting and the way he’s used soft blues and pinks to unify this wonderful winter scene leaves a magical impression on the viewer. Giverny was the village Monet lived in from 1878 – 1923.
The Locomotive reflects Monet’s love of combining man-made elements within the landscape, and he has amplified this through the use of searing perspective that sees the train rocket forwards while the fence dramatically recedes.
Caillebotte created many paintings showing urban Paris from unexpected perspectives, such as a streetscape seen from indoors in Jeune homme à la fenêtre (1875), or the exaggerated perspective of Rue de Paris, temps de pluie (1877). Vue de toits depicts snow-covered rooftops in Montmartre, Paris from a high vantage point, possibly a balcony. Here Caillebotte employs a largely monochromatic palette of grays, adding additional color to highlight building features. This perspective was not at all common in French paintings, and in fact Caillebotte may have been inspired by the photographic works of Hippolyte Bayard.
Édouard Léon Cortès (1882–1969) was a French painter of French and Spanish ancestry. He is known as “Le Poète Parisien de la Peinture” or “the Parisian Poet of Painting” because of his diverse Paris cityscapes in a variety of weather and night settings.
José Mateu San Hilario, known artistically as ROYO, was born in Valencia on 20 December 1941, and his desire to paint began in earliest childhood. When he was nine his father a doctor with a strong interest in art acknowledged his ability and began to employ private tutors to instruct him in drawing, painting and sculpture. At 14, Royo enrolled at the San Carlos Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Valencia, continuing lessons privately from the age of 18 with Adolfo Ferrer Amblar. To supplement his art-historical studies he visited the major museums of Europe, seeing at first hand works that would inspire and influence him, including paintings by Diego Velazquez, Francisco Goya, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Joaquin Sorolla.