Avignon from the West
Look at Corot’s Avignon from the West and see the clouds and their shadows create the sense of gentle wind. The painting is a direct depiction of nature and human habitation in harmony. The viewer can almost feel the sun and smell the vegetation.
Think about how the softened foreground and atmospheric background, with the pale faraway hills, create a ‘sandwich’ effect. The centre of the painting glows, capturing our attention with the sandy highlights and building details.