Claude Oscar Monet concluded a series of more than two-hundred and fifty portrayals of his water lily pond, a subject he is most known for, including the artwork entitled Water-Lilies 37. The artist rented a house for him and his family in the small town of Giverny in 1883. Monet and Alice Hoschedé got together after difficult times and continued to struggle with finances during this period, as they had eight children to feed. Because of the painters strive for a stable artistic career, he spent much of the 1880s traveling around Europe looking for different sources of inspiration. He particularly enjoyed the views seen in the Mediterranean coast.
Eventually, Monet’s work became well-known, and his financial situation drastically changed. The artist bought the house in Giverny along with much land of adjacent property to create a magnificent garden. The Impressionists had a great passion for their natural surroundings and, because of this they mainly painted en plein air, or outside. But since the sun’s position changes with each moment, they had to work fast. With expressive brush strokes and complementary color palettes, these modern painters captured fleeting moments in beautiful paintings.
The garden in Giverny soon became a meeting point for many artists who shared Monet’s love for horticulture and portraying nature in their art. The Japanese art was significantly important in the development of the Impressionist aesthetic and artistic values. The woodcut prints that came from Japan brought vibrant colors, dark contours and a style never seen before in European art. Monet was particularly inspired by how these artists worked with subjects of human-kinds interaction with exuberant nature, as well as very humble and daily scenes.
The oil painting Water-Lilies 37 is one of the many paintings Monet made of his beloved water lily pond, which he had installed in his garden, along with a Japanese bridge. This version seems to be a night-time view of the pond, as the color palette is very dark. The canvas is mainly a deep dark blue. In loose brushstrokes of black pigment, the artist represented the leaves of the weeping willows that hang over the lilies and reflect in the water. The flowers are light blue with yellow cores, and the green leaves have dark contours.
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