The Impressionist painter Claude Oscar Monet traveled extensively through Europe and the Mediterranean coast during the 1880s. He began a relationship with Alice Hoschedé at the time, and they got married only a decade later. She was left with six children from her previous marriage and helped the artist by taking in his two small kids after his first wife, Camille, passed away. Their friendship eventually grew into a beautiful romance, and in 1883, they all moved together to a small house in Giverny.
Monet continued his travels, as he aimed to establish a solid career as a painter and was searching for different landscapes to portray. He began to sell paintings in many locations and even had several sold overseas, changing his financial situation drastically. Because of this new stability, Monet was able to spend more time in Giverny with his family. He purchased the house that they began renting, as well as much land adjacent to their property. The Impressionist’s love for nature and gardening grew as much as his new living creation. Today, Monet’s garden in Giverny is open for visitation and is preserved the way he left it. This scene is a fantastical display of nature and a dream for any painter to experience.
With various gardeners to help, Monet expanded his garden with an infinite amount of flowers, like roses, irises, and poppies, as well as towering trees, like cypresses and willow trees. The Japanese art influenced the painter during his whole career, and its impact shows in his paintings as well as in his garden, his most beautiful masterpiece, as Monet himself called it. Eventually, he installed a pond and built a Japanese bridge over it, which became his favorite spot of the garden.
The oil painting Water-Lilies 2 is one of the many portrayals of the exotic water lilies Monet imported from South America and North Africa to create the perfect view. The artist loved this view so much he concluded over two hundred and fifty paintings depicting it. In this version, the Impressionist painted the water with rich tonalities of blue, violet, and a touch of green – that seems to be a reflection of the surrounding vegetation. The lilies are pink and white and loosely painted over the green clusters of floating leaves.
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