Claude Oscar Monet settled in Giverny with his new wife and children in 1883, after years of continental travel. They found a house with a large garden area that they were able to rent, and in the future, purchase. The artist began to cultivate his garden and use it as a reference for studies when the weather was bad, and he was not able to seek other landscapes. Eventually, his garden became a world of its own and the main subject of Monet’s production. He discovered many other artists that, like himself, left the busy city of Paris to reconnect with nature in the countryside. The Impressionist developed a passion for horticulture, and he passed this to other modern painters, as they would exchange their knowledge of gardening. His garden was portrayed by many of his friends, including Pierre Auguste Renoir.
Monet developed a love for the exotic Japanese art that was arriving Europe. This art was very different from the Classic aesthetic and values, something that grasped the attention of many Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. Monet himself built a Japanese style bridge over his lily pond because of this Oriental influence. He was able to sustain his extravagant garden after he became more well-known and was able to sell his paintings all over Europe and even in the USA. The artwork entitled Water-Lilies 14 is one of the many portrayals of Monet’s beloved pond and intensely evokes the viewer's senses. In this version, the artist features only the pond, using mainly green pigments, with small areas of light blue, violet, and yellow.
This period was of significant change in Europe, as the modern times brought a quicker pace to life and a new desire for the materialism. As the Impressionists looked at the Orient, they found a new love for a slower approach to life, leading to an appreciation of nature. With bright colors and non-traditional compositions, Japanese artists like Hokusai brought themes of humanity’s connection to nature in their prints – a significant influence Monet’s paintings, especially during this period. The direct contact modern painters had with nature and their surroundings was a major aesthetic influence. They called this way of working as painting en plein air. The oil painting Water-Lilies 14 is a beautiful expression of Monet’s love for portraying nature.
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