Re: Hi-Rez Monet
Thanks for the Monet link, Al. I've always been very much influenced by Monet, especially his work from about 1880-2000. These high res images confirmed something that I already suspected from the limited number of works from this period I've seen IRL. It is quite clear that most of the works were developed in "layers" (not in the academic glazing sense), and mostly painted wet-on-dry. While it is ackonwledged that Monet hardly ever painted alla prima, i.e. finishing the piece in one session, what is clear from many of these is that they had to be completed over a period of weeks rather than days, unless paint back then dried faster than modern oil paint. He did of course usually have the advantage of working in ideal plein air climates. But I've also read that he often did intermediate work on his paintings in the studio, before returning to work plein air on them again - so he was not a plein air "purist".
Much food for thought and thanks again for posting this.