Claude Oscar Monet was an Impressionist artist who became famous for his extensive series of water lily paintings, including Water Lillies I. In 1883, he moved to Giverny along with his family – Alice Hoschedé, his second wife, and their kids, which added up to eight combined children. During this period Monet traveled a considerable amount, for he sought financial stability by establishing himself in the art market.
The painter’s efforts eventually paid off, and he began to sell his art in North America and all over Europe. Because of this new stability, he finally settled down in Giverny with his family and dedicated his time to his magnificent garden. As an Impressionist, Monet had a passion for nature and for portraying it – working mainly en plein air, meaning he painted outdoors. He began to study about horticulture, and other modern painters would meet in his garden to exchange information about gardening, as well as depict the surroundings. Monet was able to not only buy the house he was renting but purchase the surrounding properties as well, so he could expand his garden.
One of the most precious spots of Monet’s garden is the water lily pond he had installed along with a Japanese bridge – a location that is still open for visitation and is preserved the way the artist left it. The Impressionists loved observing, collecting, and trading Japanese woodcut prints. These exotic artworks were valued by this group of painters because of its unusual aesthetic values, very different then what the European art academies saw as “good art.” Monet was particularly enthusiastic about the Japanese art and culture. This influence reflected in his paintings, as well as his garden.
In the oil painting Water Lillies I, Monet used a square canvas with dulled down pigments, compared to most of his daytime landscapes. The color palette he used gives a gloomy atmosphere as if it were late afternoon. The pond reflects the dark trees in shades of dark purple and blue, while the lighter tones of the water were painted in violet. There are many bundles of blossoming white, blue and pink water lilies with dark green leaves scattered on the water, giving a good sense of perspective. Monet was fascinated by these flowers and had them shipped in especially from South America for his precious pond.
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