Friday, May 20, 2011
The Plaza After Rain
Paul Cornoyer was best known for his paintings in an impressonist and pointillist style. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri and began painting in barbizon style. He attended the St. Louis school of Art and was encouraged by Halsey C. Ives to pursue his studies. He studied under Jules Lefebvre, Benjamin Constant, and Louis Blanc. In 1894 he returned to St. Louis and won the Gold Medal from the Association of Painters and Sculpters. This painting is a perfect example of Cornoyer's skills. There is a woman walking with her children, bare trees that show it may be fall ro winter, the ground is wet indicating that it had just rained, and there is a gold statue in the back. The location of this painting was in New York City's Greenwich Village. This painting captures the mood of the city after a storm. The fading light, cloudy sky, and mist still hanging in the air communicate a stillness and calm. This gives a viewer a sense of the everyday moments of quiet beauty in the life of a city dweller.