'Haystack' by Claude Monet
The eye is treated to an image that so beautifully depicts light. There is a range of color and without the light, they would clash. There are pinks, blues, greens, yellows, yet they all harmonize within the image. None of the colors are given the opportunity to dominate, they are all subdued with white. The painting is ambitious, such a complex image may be too difficult for another artist. Monet achieves brilliance, the composition is simple, the rounded structures of the haystacks contrast with the horizontal landscape. This simplicity works to great effect, stopping the detail from overpowering the piece. It contains a balance of Subtlety and color, that reveals the genius of Monet.