Saturday, June 7, 2014


What is astonishing in this incomplete self portrait of Claude Monet is the level of precision and integrity.

Proportions and placements of incomplete parts, hands, knees, legs, wrinkles of the jumper, the positioning of the body, the light, the colours are just perfect. You can see the undrawn. The "soul" is there. Nothing looks awkward. Despite its incompleteness and impressionist style it gives one a true sensation of a living person.

This is much superior than say today's hyper-realistic drawings we see mushrooming across the Internet. In those images the precision is achieved by photographic imitation, in this one it is a natural, one in a billion talent with soul.

Claude Monet - self portrait

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