This is my sixth consecutive post about inspirations in art.
Yesterday, I reflected on Paul Cézanne, the forefather of the Cubist painters; today, I shall reflect on the most prominent of all the French Impressionist painters, Claude Monet. (b. 1840 – d. 1926).
Monet’s art set the rules of Impressionism for other, perhaps less prominent artists to follow. He placed an extra-special emphasis upon painting ‘en plein air’, or out-of-doors, in order to capture that ethereal fleeting moment, beauty in nature. Of particular note are his series of ‘Haystacks’, twenty-five in all, (painted in 1890-1891) from where he defines how the Autumn season light varies throughout the day.
Although these are fascinating, it’s actually Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’ that really capture my imagination. I’ve been lucky enough to have witnessed the beauty of some of these, in situ, at the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris, during my first ever visit to the city in 1996.
So, perhaps unsurprisingly, I have chosen one of these Orangerie paintings for this experiment.
However, I didn’t paint ‘en plein air’ for this task, preferring to refer back to photos I took last month while visiting Van Deusen Gardens, Vancouver.
With hindsight, I think I would have gained a lot from painting water lilies as Monet intended; perhaps doing so could bring me nearer to the spirit of the original masterpiece.
Although the end result is very far from being a Monet, I am none-the-less pleased, for it has helped me to discover my own style in art.
Thank you for taking the time to read. I hope you enjoy looking at my gallery.