Monet's use of color along with use of intricate brush strokes and composition
is outstanding. The vast variations of brush strokes and color placement
techniques are what make his work so unique and individual. Grand Canal, Venice,

1908 is a prime example of Monet's talents in these areas. The structure of the
painting is very loose. There are few hard lines in the composition that
represents solid structure. The curves in conjunction with the shades of color
as well as light usage give the piece a mirage-like effect. It is easy to
imagine Monet's vantage point while he was painting the picture by the way the
composition is set up. One can tell he was looking towards the buildings on the
other side of water because it's obvious that the building are being reflected
as well as the wooden poles sticking out of the water. It is quite evident that

Monet is observing a sunset and that he is painting quickly to capture the full
effect of light during this short period of the day with the study of light
being the main focus in this work. Shadow also plays a large part in the make up
the painting. Monet uses an even tonality of blues, lavenders, oranges and pinks
to create the buildings across the water, thus showing the sunlight reflecting
off the sides of them. It's quite amazing how he uses many different colors to
create one large color. For instance, in the sky he uses a mixture of greens,
pinks, oranges and blues to create the feeling of dusk as the sun slowly sets to
the right of the picture. In the far edge of the water he uses greens and blues
with a hint of lavender here and there to show the darkness of the water behind
the buildings where the sunlight isn't reaching. When the water comes closer to
the bottom of the painting there is a heavier use of oranges, yellows and pinks
creating a golden mirror-like effect reflecting the light coming off of the
buildings. At this point it is hard to determine if the sunlight is actually
striking the surface of the water or if it is just the reflection of the sun off
of the buildings alone. Once one looks at the poles sticking out of the water
it's easier to determine if the sun is hitting the water or not. It must be
hitting a good portion of the water because only the closest pole is dark, with
no sun hitting it, but the poles which are farther away have light, then again
it may just be the reflection of the light off of the buildings. This is why the
painting has such a mirage-like effect because the viewer cannot really decipher
what he or she is supposed to perceive the work as. The actual form of the
building is less evident due to the brilliant atmosphere of the painting making
it quite clear that Monet's main concern with this piece, as well as many of his
others, is light. How he uses color to express his concern for light is
outstanding. In this particular piece Monet uses sketch-like brush strokes to
create the main objects of the scene. The water consists of numerous horizontal
brush stokes in varying color to create the look of reflection. The buildings
are more blended and the use of impasto is less evident mainly in the sky. The
surface of the painting from the upper parts of the building to the top of the
canvas gets smoother as the eye rises. The layering of the colors in the water
and heavier strokes of paint allow Monet to create the reflectiveness he is
trying to accomplish in order to portray the time of day. The use of smaller
strokes and lighter colors over the heavier strokes and darker colors
strengthens the effect of the sunlight on the water. For the sky Monet blends
the colors together and uses very light shades of them to create the pastel,
soft, late day effect. For the buildings he uses a more erratic technique,
blending less than the sky. He tends to follow through with the stroke and use
less paint to cover more area at a time, unlike the fast, thicker strokes used
in the water. Monet is a genius when it comes to using many different colors and
brush strokes to create one specific tone of a color and create specific effects
with those colors. For example, from a distance the largest pole coming out of
the water seems