Monday Motivator: Art Fundamentals

“Art fundamentals aren’t skills you learn and move beyond. Mastering the fundamentals is something that is ultimately never achieved. … It’s about developing an ever-deepening understanding and appreciation for line, shape, color, form, texture, etc.

“When beginning to learn these fundamentals, the biggest challenge students face is their own patience.”
Scott Maier, Mastering Art Fundamentals

Looking at these two paintings by Monet, what’s the greatest difference between them, especially in the way he’s painted the sea?

“Garden at Sainte-Adresse” by Claude Monet. 1867. Size:
38 5/8 x 51 1/8 in. (98.1 x 129.9 cm)

The Manneporte near ?tretat by Claude Monet
The Manneporte near Etretat by Claude Monet, 1886. Size 81 x 65. In the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

Might it be that when he painted the latter Monet had nearly 20 more years of working with the fundamentals of art?

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