- Colour and pattern
Examine one area, how many colours are used to achieve the overall colour you see?
Each part of the painting is placed where it is for a reason. Examine the foreground, closely. What detail do you find in the distance?
Colour harmony, how the colours blend to give the impression of detail, and the atmosphere this evokes.
Foreground, vanishing point/s. Is there any deviation from perspective as we would expect it. For example, is it painted from an unusual position? Consider angles, height, and distance.
- Texture and colour
There is a lot to look at in these paintings.
- Use of paint
The use of brush strokes, layering of paint, contrast between light and dark, rough and smooth.
Try to imagine the size of each of the paintings.
- What's in the painting?
Think about the subject of the painting. What is the painter saying about the subject? What impression did the subject want give the viewer?
- Who is in the paintings?
In the case of the Manet and the Gertler paintings, what conversations and decisions do you think the subject and the artist might have had/made? What kind of relationship might they have had, did they know each other well, or were they virtual strangers?