Claude Oscar Monet painted Vase of Tulips I in 1885, along with two other floral still life paintings of tulips done during the same year. During the majority of this decade, the artist traveled a lot, especially around the coast of the Mediterranean, but also in other parts of Europe, like London. He wished to achieve success as an Impressionist painter, as to do so, sought different landscapes and inspirations to implement his body of work.
In 1883, Monet and his wife found a perfect spot to settle down in a small town called Giverny – even though he continued his travels. Other Impressionists had the same desire as Monet to get away from the busy life of the big cities, like France, and many decided to move to the country-side. These artists longed to establish a connection with nature, especially while creating their art. The Impressionist painters no longer found the need to work confined in their studio, if they could go outdoors and paint their surroundings as they saw it, and not the way they idealized it – the French called this painting en plein air.
As Monet’s reputation grew, so did his sale numbers, and eventually, he was financially stable enough to invest in his beloved garden. The garden in Giverny is a spectacular display of nature, which gave the artist the option of painting landscapes without leaving his home. Monet enjoyed painting flowers, but rarely in still life form – meaning, in this case, that this work is an indoor scene with a flower arrangement in a vase – rather than flowers growing in a landscape scene. In Vase of Tulips I, the artist used an unusual but beautiful color palette. The curvy leaves of the tulips were painted with blue tonalities and some green hints of highlights. The white flowers hold strokes of pink and yellow, while the red flowers have shades of orange.
The composition gives significant attention to the flower arrangement, as the glass vase leaves the edge of the canvas, showing only a fragment in green and purple pigments. The background is a mix of pink, yellow, violet, and white in blended, but still visible, brush strokes. The figure represented in this oil painting has blue contours, reminiscent of the Japanese woodcut prints that Monet was passionate about collecting. These flowers were most likely picked from the painter’s fantastical garden in Giverny.
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