Claude Oscar Monet was an Impressionist artist with a passion for nature. In the year of 1883, he moved to the countryside in Giverny, along with his wife and kids. The artist had recently married Alice Hoschedé and both already had kids from previous marriages, resulting in a total of eight combined children. This caused an impact in the artist’s life, mainly financial – not to mention he was going through a process of change in his way of working, becoming more experimental, a result from the tragic death of his wife, Camille.
While living in Giverny, Monet’s fame grew all around Europe and even overseas. He found great joy in painting the landscapes of his surroundings but also created a view of his own in his garden. The fantastical garden cultivated by the artist can be visited to this day and represents one of his most well-known subjects. Many other modern painters also decided to relocate to the countryside. He received recent visits from his Impressionist friends, and they often portrayed his garden in paintings as well. After regaining financial stability, Monet hired many gardeners to attend daily to the abundant vegetation, and also installed a small pond with a Japanese bridge over it. The water-lily pond is portrayed by the artist in an extensive amount of paintings, including The Water-Lily Pond X.
The Japanese art was of significant influence for modern artists of the time, as it served as an alternative source of inspiration than the Classic Greek standards, most common in Europe. The Impressionists collected prints of Japanese artists like Hokusai, for they were fascinated by its aesthetic and cultural value. This influence transpires in the Monet’s passion for nature and his need to distance himself from the quickness of modern times.
In The Water-Lily Pond X, Monet portrays his pond in an almost abstract way, a result of his cataracts that made his vision blurry. The painter used a well thought out color palette of rich tonalities of blue, green, violet, brown, and ochre. The long horizontal canvas gives a panoramic sense to the artwork, that only shows water and vegetation, therefore losing its sense of perspective and point of reference. The bright yellow and ochre pigments cut the painting diagonally in the middle, while the blue and green pigments get darker on each side, almost eluding to a path.
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