Saturday, May 19, 2012

Water Lily Pond Symphony In Rose- Claude Monet

Water Lily Pond Symphony In Rose
Claude Monet (1840-1926)
French. The Water-Lily Pond—Symphony in Rose, 1899. 
Oil on canvas, 89 × 93.5 cm (34¾ × 36½ in). 
2007 Musée d’Orsay (, Paris, France, Lauros/Giraudon/The Bridgeman Art Library.

     Oscar-Claude Monet (1840-1926) is a famous French painter and one of the founders of the Impressionism movement along with his friends Renoir, Sisley and Bazille.
     Monet rejected the traditional approach to landscape painting and instead of copying old masters he had been learning from his friends and the nature itself. Monet observed variations of color and light caused by the daily or seasonal changes. 
     Claude Monet was born on November 14, 1840 on the fifth floor of 45 rue Laffitte,in the ninth arrondissement of Paris. He was the second son Claude Adolphe Monet and Louise-Justine Aubree. On the first of April 1851, Monet entered the Le Havre secondary school of the arts. He became known locally for this charcoal caricatures, which he would sell for ten to twenty francs. Monet also undertook his first drawing lessons from Jacques-Francois Ochard, a former student of Jacques-Louis David. On the beaches of Normandy in about 1856/1857 he meet fellow artist Eugéne Boudin who became his mentor and taught him to use oil paints. Boudin taught Monet "en plein air" (outdoor) techniques for painting.
      The Water-Lily Pond—Symphony in Rose (1899) is reminiscent of Hiroshige's drum bridge in his Inside Kameido Tenjin Shrine (1856), but Monet's colors are more striking with water lilies in the foreground and the bridge framed by long vertical willow fronds and their reflections in the water that “penetrate the entire surface and are woven in and out of the horizontal plates of lily pads as if to lock every detail in stillness.”
     This amazing and beautiful painting fits in well in this gallery because it, again, is nature related. The use of bright colors gives the viewer something colorful and brilliant to look at. 

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