The gallery images are of Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet and Édouard Manet. They are in the Public Domain.
Impressionism was a major movement in France during the late 19th and early 20th century. The Impressionists shared a set of related approaches and techniques detailed here;
- Short, thick strokes of paint quickly capture the essence of the subject, rather than its details. The paint is often applied ‘impasto’.
- Colours are applied side by side with as little mixing as possible, a technique that exploits the principle of simultaneous contrast to make the colour appear more vivid to the viewer.
- Greys and dark tones are produced by mixing complementary colours. Pure impressionism avoids the use of black paint.
- Wet paint is placed into wet paint without waiting for successive applications to dry, producing softer edges and intermingling of colour.
- Impressionist paintings do not exploit the transparency of thin paint films (glazes), which earlier artists manipulated carefully to produce effects. The impressionist painting surface is typically opaque.
- The paint is applied to a white or light-coloured ground. Previously, painters often used dark grey or strongly coloured grounds.
- The play of natural light is emphasized. Close attention is paid to the reflection of colours from object to object. Painters often worked in the evening to produce effets de soir—the shadowy effects of evening or twilight.
- In paintings made en plein air (outdoors), shadows are boldly painted with the blue of the sky as it is reflected onto surfaces, giving a sense of freshness previously not represented in painting. (Blue shadows on snow inspired the technique.)
About Master Class Oil Paint
‘Master-Class’ is an artists’ series for professional artists and the most
demanding masters. Thanks to many years of experience, well-established technologies, and innovative developments, ‘Master-Class’ colours are used in the most challenging of restoration works. Fine art masterpieces and architectural monuments have been restored using ‘Master-Class’ oil paint at: The Cathedral of St. Basil the Blessed, The Grand Kremlin Palace, The Cathedral of Christ the Savior, pictures of The State Hermitage Museum and The State Tretyakov Gallery.
They are also used by Russian master painter Nikolai Blokhin (b. 1968).
‘Master-Class’ oil paints are made of high-quality pigments and binders based on specially processed linseed oil. Natural dammar resin produced on the Malay Archipelago is added to the oil to improve the adhesion of pigment with binder without impacting colour brightness and purity. Specialist machines are used to grind pigments. To achieve optimal quality, the amount of grinding differs for each colour. In some cases, ‘Master-Class’ colours are grinded up to 40 times.
Pigment Load: 28-80% (read about ‘Critical Pigment Volume Concentration’ here)
All individual tubes come in 46 ml size.
– Extra fine paints
– 78 colours available at Crafty Studio
– 85% of colours are single-pigment
– Bright and pure colours
– High-quality mineral pigments
– Do not change their original colour after drying
– Used for restoration works of museum quality paintings