‘Bright Morning by the Sea’ by William Orpen (Howth, Co. Dublin 1910).

‘Bright Morning by the Sea’ (Howth, Co. Dublin 1910) by William Orpen (Black and White version).

Grace Orpen (nee Knewstub) by her husband Sir William Orpen.

Deliberate / Intentional comparison with Monet – influence  & aspiration of 1910, characterised by a number of his works – especially the composition.

Seeks to achieve the same / similar atmospheric effect whilst still maintaining a greater control over / regard for line – probably as ingrained response to his Slade training – the Slade method with its emphasis on draughtsmanship.

They represent an intermediate stage in his experimentation / development as soon through the Howth works. By 1912 with the Tent Series the work is much looser as the emphasis moves from line towards colour – work is much looser and the line less defined. Not yet ready to fully embrace the Impressionist ideal – where line is virtually non-existent.

Orpen puts his own twist – in Monet’s pair the sun is in the same place, it is the umbrella that is reversed – tells us this along with the light – wind also in the same direction.

Orpen on the other hand still turns the lady but chooses to emphasis it more subtly by the movement of the light source – Again time lapse same subject different lights – was something Monet indulged in.

Reinterprets Monet’s work.

Under-scored in line by the Slade Tradition – but not yet ready to relinquish.

Its as if Orpen has taken Monet’s works as preliminary studies, for his own oils.



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