My favorite painter is from the Impressionist era, 19th century, Oscar-Claude Monet. His work can be seen at the Art Institute of Chicago downtown. Even if you had never seen a single one of his masterpieces, walking into his gallery you would see his style throughout all of his pieces. Monet left his mark on every piece he did, and I mean that very literally. Monet was not afraid to let his brush strokes show and also add to the mood of the piece. Observing his series of hay bales, you would also notice his attention to how color, based upon the time of day, can greatly alter the expression of the same subject matter. What's more is that when you view one of his pieces from a distance and then up close (be sure security doesn't catch your nose on the canvas) you get two very different experiences. From afar, you can perceive the distinct subject matter; up close, you see only a dizzy of colors swimming next to each other.