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Particle Painting: Name That Painting

I have a challenge for you: to identify the painting hidden in the box below. In order to reveal the painting, you will need to use your mouse to paint particles on the screen which will reveal the hidden image. To begin the challlenge, move your mouse cursor into the box below and begin painting.


About the Particle Painting Applet

The program that you are using to paint is a Java applet that was created using the Processing platfform. The act of painting is accomplished by the use of a particle system. Moving your mouse over the applet's screen area creates particles. The color of an individual particle from frame to frame is based on each particle's x,y coordinates. The coordinates are used to pick the appropriate color for that particle from the source image of the painting.



About the Painting

The painting I have challenged you to identify is Paris Street, Rainy Day and was painted by French artist Gustave Caillebotte in 1877. It is a large (83.5 in 108.7 in) oil on canvas and depicts a street scene at the Place de Dublin, an intersection near the Gare Saint-Lazare in Paris. This painting made its debut at the Third Impressionist Exhibition of 1877. Caillebotte, Paris Street Rainy Day

Caillebotte, Paris Street, Rainy Day

Paris Street, Rainy Day is one of my favorite paintings and because it is in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago I have had the good fortune to be able to view it many times.