Jeremy Scheller E Period - November 28th 2016

Claude Monet

Born - November 14th, 1840

Died - December 5th, 1926 (aged 86)

Oscar-Claude Monet was born in Paris as the second son of Claude Adolphe Monet and Louise Justine Aubrée Monet, both second generation Parisians.

Paris, France

In 1845 his family moved to La Havre, France. His father wanted him to be a grocer, but Monet knew he wanted to be an artist. On April 1st, 1851, he entered La Havre Secondary School of the Arts.

The City of La Havre, France

When the Franco-Prussian war broke out in 1870, Monet and his family took refuge in London, England. Here he studied the works of John Constanble and Joseph Mallard William Turner.

London, England

In May of 1871 he left London to go Zaandam, Netherlands.

In December 1871 he moved to Argenteuil, a small town near Paris.

He moved around many more times during his life, but he finally settled in Giverny, a small place in Normandy.

Giveny, Normandy, France

Monet is famous for the Impressionist movement, named after his very own piece, Impression, Sunrise, which is captured at different times of the day in a series of paintings.

Water Lillies and the Japanese bridge, 1897 - 1899, Princeton University Art Museum

Water Lillies, 1915, Neue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany

The Studio Boat, 1874, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands

Saint Lazare train station, 1877, The Art Institute of Chicago

Springtime, 1872, Walters Art Museum

Water Lillies

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.

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