Claude Oscar Monet produced a series of artworks portraying his beloved lily pond with a Japanese style bridge, including The Water-Lily Pond and Bridge 2. Together with his wife Alice Hoschedé and their combined children, the artist moved into a new home in Giverny, during the year of 1883. They found a house with a garden area in which they began renting and soon were able to buy. This was a significant time for the artist, as his style of painting started shifting after his former wife’s death, and because of the new pressure of maintaining his new larger family.
Many Impressionists, like Monet, decided to leave the bustle of Paris, and move to quiet locations of the countryside, searching for new landscapes in nature to portray. The Impressionist created a wonderful garden in his new home in Giverny that can be visited to this day – a translation of his love for nature. After his financial uprising, as he began to sell more paintings around the globe, he was able to dedicate more efforts to his living masterpiece. Monet built a Japanese bridge over his lily-filled pond – a direct influence of the Japanese art and culture.
The Water-Lily Pond and Bridge is a dark and gloomy version of Monet’s garden. The water is dark brown, with yellow and blue reflexes, green vegetation and pink lilies. The pond takes up the bottom half of the canvas, and the bridge is partially covered by the tall, dark trees in the background. This painting shows Monet’s passion for depicting his surroundings and being able to get in contact with nature.
With modern times, Europe was experiencing a change, with rising materialism and growing cities. The Japanese art brought a renewed love for nature and stillness, and the Monet embraced this state of mind. This exotic art brought an alternative source of inspiration for modern artists, as they were no longer willing to follow the regulations of the Classic Academies – who based their teachings on the works of the Renaissance masters. Artists like Hokusai worked with a technique called Ukiyo-e that enabled the use of vibrant colors and dark contours. This method was similar to the traditional woodcut print but used watercolors and rice paper.
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