After the death of his wife, Camille, the artist Claude Oscar Monet married Alice Hoscedé – who was a long time friend to his family. During this time, the artist went through financial difficulties, for he had to maintain a much larger family, combining their children from previous marriages. Although, after they moved to the small town called Giverny, this situation changed and Monet began selling his paintings all around Europe and even overseas. The painter spent the rest of his days living in his home in Giverny and built an amazing garden that can be visited to this day. The painting entitled Monet's Garden at Giverny is one of the many portrayls of his living masterpiece.
Monet portrayed a girl strolling through the trails of his blossoming garden. The forefront of the composition depicts many colorful flowers – mainly yellow, orange and red. He created a beautiful harmony when inserting green and blue-violet pigments to represent the leaves. The brushstrokes are loose and applied in specks of bright colors. Right behind the flowers, a light brown path appears, and more vibrant vegetation is in the background.
The woman is placed to the right of the canvas, with flowers overlapping her image. She wears a long white skirt, a red blouse with purple detail and a wicker hat. Her hand reaches out to a bush of red flowers as if she was taking a closer look. Monet painted a row of light green bushes with orange flowers adjacent to the road and continued with darker bushes of green and violet-blue, flowers of yellow, green, and red all the way to the top of the canvas.
The love of nature came naturally to many modern painters. The Impressionists felt the need to leave the big cities to get in touch with nature in the countryside, going against the quickness and consumerism of modern times. They were also significantly inspired by the Japanese art that came to Europe at the time. These woodcut prints brought images of a different culture that portrayed subjects of the daily life and nature in their art, along with an opposing approach on aesthetic values than the Classic art of Western civilization. These exotic prints inspired Monet to build a Japanese bridge over the pond in his garden, which he depicts in many paintings.
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