Claude Oscar Monet began painting Agapanthus, a triptych panel in oil paint, in 1915-1916. This painting portrayals his beloved pond with water lilies, from the garden he constructed in his house at the town of Giverny. He depicted his exotic aquatic flowers in many other large paintings, but none as significant as this. Monet continued working on Agapanthus until his death.
Like the other artworks from this series of lilies, Monet concentrated in representing the surface of the pond and how the sunlight shines upon it, bringing different colors and reflexes. As an Impressionist, the artist’s primary concern was light and its effects on a landscape, and to capture this he worked en plein air – meaning he painted outside. Modern painters were fascinated by the Oriental artwork coming to Europe at the time – mainly Japanese woodcut prints – as they worked with subjects of nature and the daily life. Artists like Hokusai perfected the technique of Ukiyo-e, similar to the traditional woodcut, using watercolor with vibrant pigments, as well as dark, detailed contours. Monet was so inspired by the Japanese culture that he installed a pond in his garden in Girverny and built a Japanese bridge over it, partially seen in Agapanthus.
What many people don’t know, is that Agapanthus is many times related to Monet’s feelings towards the first World War. Although this is a peaceful and harmonious painting, the artist was quite affected by the war while painting it, as some battles happened not far from Giverny. Many times, Monet heard gunshots from a distance while in his garden, which made him question why he could be painting in his paradise, while his stepson and son were fighting in the war?
Despite the possible danger of continue living in the small town, Monet refused to leave his home, and many people from the town, as well as members of his family, fled Giverny. The Impressionist stated that if he were to be killed, it would be in front of his life’s work. Art historians understand Monet’s vision referring his own art – he saw his paintings as a patriotic involvement in the war. In 1918, the artist donated two of the panels to the French state as a sign of peace and a celebration of victory. He continued this series with other large canvases of peaceful water lilies.
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