Broad and flat brushstrokes for the tablecloth; quick and curly gestures for the flower.
Monet was interested in practicing different painting techniques that would animate the surfaces of flowers, fruit and surfaces through implied use of light.
(Sound familiar? These innovations became the foundation for the development of Impressionist technique!)
Still Life with Flowers and Fruit, 1869, Claude Monet. Oil on canvas. J. Paul Getty Museum.
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