Claude Oscar Monet married Alice Hoschede got married after the death of the artist’s former wife, Alice. By the end of the 1800s, the newlywed couple searched for a house for their new family – which includes their combined eight children. They settled down in a home in Giverny, where Monet spent his last days. The Impressionist created a beautiful garden on his property that became his primary subject for painting and his love for horticulture grew. Many other Impressionists frequented Monet’s home and portrayed the fantastical garden, including his close friend Pierre Auguste Renoir.
Although Monet was not financially secure when the family settled down in Giverny, his career soon launched and he became known worldwide. Because of his financial stability, gardeners and housekeepers were hired by the artist to help his family and tend to his magnificent garden – that can be visited to this day. With a beautiful combination of tall trees, colorful flowers, and abundant vegetation, this garden represents a paradise of aesthetic value for any painter, classic or modern.
Influenced by the Japanese culture that was coming to Europe – especially through the woodcut prints from artists like Hokusai – Monet built a Japanese bridge over his pond. He shipped the exotic water lilies from South America and North Africa, something that gave him some problems with the city council. His passion for his lily pond was tremendous and he concluded a series of about 250 oil paintings portraying it, including Water-Lilies 29.
During this period, Monet developed cataracts, making his vision blurry and consequently, affected the way he painted – not well seen by the art critics of the time. This dark version of his pond is very captivating, for it almost loses its figurative value. Even though this abstraction could not have been as intentional as future artists intended, Monet’s later work inspired the Abstract Expressionists of the 1950’s.
In the painting Water-Lilies 29, Monet used a dark blue, green, and violet base. Over the water, the Impressionist painted the leaves with loose brush strokes and fantastical shades of green, blue, red, yellow, purple, and pink – similar to the painting Water Lilies27. He also painted dark contours on the flat leaves, an aesthetic influence from the Japanese woodcut prints.
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