Eye of the Beholder
The detail in the angle of the lighting and the casting of shadows demonstrates master artist Claude Monet’s superb technique in Still Life with Flowers and Fruit (1869). From the woven basket to the folds in the tablecloth, the descriptive brushstrokes are characteristic of an artist who shaped the development of impressionism. Still-life art depicts the influences of outdoor forces on indoor ornaments, such as the reflection and shadows cast by natural light. Creative genius is fostered through a deep appreciation of nature, even in a staged environment like this.
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