This piece is a masterpiece that gives off a simple impression with complicated workings. Present are water lillies, grass, and of course the water itself, sprinkled with pink and violet hued flowers inbetween. The lillies are of an unusually blue hue, almost blending into the blue and blue-green aqua that surrounds most of the painting.
Value and color are paramount in this work. The blue and blue-green water is comprised of differing tones, tints, and shades that varies the water and perhaps even gives a sense of movement. The blue water lillies are recognizable by a surrounding circle of violet and the cover of the green grass. The shape of the water lillies would be unrecognizable without the violet ring aroung it. The texture of this piece appears smudgy, causing the image to be blurred.
I believe that Monet intends to give a feeling of relaxation, a hot summer day that is quenched by the cool water. The painting uses cool colors to achieve this.
This painting was made during the impressionist area. Monet emphasized color and lighting in his paintings, which is evident here. I would not purchase this piece for my home. Although it is a wonderful piece, I am not a fan of the texture of this piece. I prefer a clean, crisp work with evident lines and defined shapes, while this seemlessly blends those elements together.