What is remarkable about this shift is Huie's dedication to a specific color palette throughout the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Whereas in previous works Huie often used bold colors, later in her career she utilized a softer, lighter palette. Her choice of color is comparable to that of Claude Monet after 1860. It was later in Monet's career that he abandoned dark colors in favor of lighter hues.
|This image illustrates colors often used by Impressionist painter Claude Monet.|
Not only was Monet's conception of a limited palette made famous but his recognizable brushwork was as well. The broken color applied with rapid brushstrokes became synonymous with Monet and the greater Impressionism movement (culminating in the 1870s and 1880s). In addition to a change in palette choice, Huie also took on more Impressionistic qualities in her brushwork. Although stylistically different from Monet, Huie began applying paint to surfaces in color-block fashion. For example, rather than technically painting flowers how they are seen by the eye, she painted a series of brushstrokes to give the viewer the impression of flowers.
|Mildred Nix Huie, Cloister Fountain, ca. 1968. Oil on canvas, 26"x14". Bequest of Lucy Brous. Mildred Huie Plantation Museum at Mediterranean House, Saint Simons Island, GA.|
Cloister Fountain (1968) depicts the Cloister courtyard on Sea Island, GA, a favorite place of the artist's to paint. The foreground is where the viewers eye is immediately drawn. In the right front third of the painting is a large fountain, energetically spewing foamy water into the air. Behind this a blue bird rests, unconcerned with the chaotic eruption of the fountain. The background consists of foliage and flowers. Although the definite geometric shapes of the garden scene are indistinguishable due to the Impressionistic brushstrokes, the viewer senses that this is a well-manicured and designed space. The careful placement of colors and brushstrokes indicate that the artist desired to convey the idea that the flora is not growing haphazardly but in an intentional manner.
|Mildred Nix Huie. Cloister Lily Pond, 1970. Oil on |
canvas, 13.5"x 10.5". Mildred Huie Plantation
Museum at Mediterranean House, Saint Simons