Monet once said “My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece,” and the sheer wealth, breadth, and scope of his landscapes, many painted within a few meters or kilometers from his homes, is a testament to his love of nature.
Most likely painted at his iconic garden at Giverny, the father of French Impressionism created experiential reproductions such as The Artist's Garden at Giverny through his direct love of nature. The gardens of his homes were always guaranteed to be blooming with lilies and clusters of various flowers. Living most of his life in Northern France, Monet became an obsessive gardener and an obsessive painter of gardens.
Monet devoted himself to capturing the experience of nature and developed his techniques to portray its fleeting effects. From a young age, the artist was encouraged to paint en plein air – outdoors. His fellow artist Eugène Boudin taught him as a young man to ‘retain the first impression – which is the good one.' Entering the studio of Charles Gleyre in 1862, the young Monet quickly became friends with the likeminded young students Fréderic Bazille, Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley. The group, who would later make up the core of the Impressionist movement, took regular trips to paint side by side in the forests and on the banks of the Seine.
The group perfected a remarkable and innovative skill for creating painterly reproductions of floral scenes as they both saw and experienced them. Monet, a great lover of water and boating, also perfected his chromatic experiments in depicting light, reflection and shade by painting the rivers, streams, and channels in Italy, England, Holland, and France.
The Artist's Garden at Giverny is the culmination of these frequent collaborations painting outdoors. Monet used thick layers of paint and free brush strokes to create an image that, when looking close up is hard to distinguish. Like in many of Monet’s work, this cluster of color can be confusing if examined closely, making the viewer take a few steps back before grasping the overall concept for this artwork. The Impressionist depicted a massive about of lilac and blue areas of paint that represent irises, over their green stems. A brown road creates a path between the flowers. Monet portrays trees and other vegetation on the background, along with areas of black, blue and orange – most likely his house.
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