During the end of the 1800s, Claude Oscar Monet went through a difficult financial period. He had married Alice Hoschedé and now had a bigger family to sustain – for the couple joined their children from previous marriages, totaling in eight kids. The family searched for a home and found the perfect one in the small town of Giverny, which they were able to buy after Monet’s career launched. The artist built a lively and colorful garden which he called his greatest masterpiece, and was the central theme of his artistic production during the last phase of career.
The Impressionist gained success and began selling paintings all over Europe and the U.S.A. With the financial security, Monet hired many housekeepers to help with his home and kids, as well as having around six gardeners to maintain his garden. Monet painted an enormous amount of paintings depicting his garden, and also a series of about 250 oil paintings of his beloved water lilies, including Red Water-Lilies.
The artist initially had problems with the city council for importing and planting non-native lilies from South America and Northern Africa, but he ignored the authorities. During this period, Monet started developing cataracts, which influenced his way of painting – not well seen by the art critics of the time – and influenced Abstract Expressionism in the mid-1950’s. The painting Red Water-Lilies portray the lilies over a flat surface, almost as if they were floating in the sky. Monet used a blue and violet base, not covering the whole canvas. Over the water, the Impressionist painted the leaves with loose brush strokes and shades of green. He also painted dark contours on the flat leaves, an aesthetic influence from the Japanese woodcut prints.
The red and pink lilies are the central figures of this painting, having about half a dozen more detailed flowers in the forefront. Many other lilies were portrayed more in the distance with simple small stokes of pink – some of the pigment seems to have blended with the blue background, creating a violet-pink flower. The top right corner and bottom edge of the canvas show areas of light and reflex in shades of yellow and pink, creating a beautiful harmony with the rest of the painting.
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