As two of art's major mediums, painting and photography are typically perceived as entirely independent practices. Though it is not uncommon. When painter and showman Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre burst onto of the earliest forms of photography—“Daguerreotypemania” quickly. The Dialogue Between Painting and Photography in Modern and Contemporary Art. On the one hand, photography was recognized to be an aid to painting—it was a tool for strengthening its naturalism and verisimilitude—at a time when painting was still understood to be a powerful means of moral and historical instruction.


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The arrival of a machine that could capture the world in perfect detail - a landscape, a portrait or a building was in direct competition to painting. Painters started questioning how they approached painting and photography medium and this can be seen in the work of the Impressionists.

In the painting above Claude Monet's brush marks become looser and more expressive.

New Perspectives

Colour suggests the quality of light but might not be exactly what Monet saw. Monet was an Impressionist - the first modern art movement watch Matthew Colling's documentary here. It is 33 years after the announcement of Photography and Monet is painting an image that could not be taken painting and photography a camera.

A photograph of a sunrise is created by light from the sun traveling and reflecting off an object.

The Delights of Seeing: Photorealism and the Relationship Between Photography and Painting

This light then travels through the camera lens onto the light sensitive material. A photograph has a direct relationship to the subject.

Painting and photography painting is made by matter being applied to a surface and creating areas of light and dark. The paint is applied by hand and is a subjective response by the artist to what they see.

This swirling psychedelic image painting and photography a celebration of paint and colour.


The whole image vibrates and is built up of small painting and photography stabs of paint. You could not photograph this - painting and photography has found a new lease of life.

Van Gogh is often remembered as the cliche artist - a mad genius, living in poverty, struggling for his art, nobody understood him in his time, crazy and, eventually, committed suicide. It would be a great film and kind of is in 'Lust for Life' and here. Some of this has elements truth but it is not important and it is not why we remember him.

He was a serious painter who developed his style through practice and thought see his letters for his ideas. Traditionally paintings were set up like stage sets with the action being perfectly choreographed within the frame.

Not only are the marks painting and photography looser but the composition is changing.

In France the post-Impressionist artist Paul Cezanne was creating his final paintings. What is wrong with this painting?


It has the loose brush marks painting and photography the Impressionist's and objects are being cut off at the edges. However, something else is happening. The angles seem all wrong, it makes you dizzy - that cherub is going to slide off the table.

Cezanne is actually exploring how we look, how we actually see.

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