Monday, June 19, 2006

CLAUDE MONET 1840—1926

CLAUDE MONET
1840—1926


In my opinion he is the most amazing artist of all time. I can sit looking at his work for hours. His paintings speak to me with such beautiful color and tone. When I look at his pictures I walk in his garden, I feel his sunset, and I sit on the raft with my feet soaking in the water. His paintings bring me joy, sorrow, inspiration, sadness, happiness and great thought.

Information about Claude Monet:
Monet, Claude 1840—1926, French landscape painter, b. Paris. Monet was a founder of impressionism. He adhered to its principles throughout his long career and is considered the most consistently representative painter of the school as well as one of the foremost painters of landscape in the history of art.As a youth in Le Havre, Monet was encouraged by the marine painter Boudin to paint in the open air, a practice he never forsook. After two years (1860—62) with the army in Algeria, he went to Paris, over parental objections, to study painting. In Paris, Monet formed lasting friendships with the artists who would become the major impressionists, including Pissarro, Cézanne, Renoir, Sisley, and Bazille. He and several of his friends painted for a time out-of-doors in the Barbizon district.Monet soon began to concern himself with his lifelong objective: portraying the variations of light and atmosphere brought on by changes of hour and season. Rather than copy in the Louvre, the traditional practice of young artists, Monet learned from his friends, from the landscape itself, and from the works of his older contemporaries Manet, Corot, and Courbet. Monet's representation of light was based on his knowledge of the laws of optics as well as his own observations of his subjects. He often showed natural color by breaking it down into its different components as a prism does. Eliminating black and gray from his palette, Monet rejected entirely the academic approach to landscape.In his later works Monet allowed his vision of light to dissolve the real structures of his subjects. To do this he chose simple matter, making several series of studies of the same object at different times of day or year: haystacks, morning views of the Seine, the Gare Saint-Lazare (1876—78), poplars (begun 1890), the Thames, the celebrated group of Rouen Cathedral (1892—94), and the last great lyrical series of water lilies (1899, and 1904—25), painted in his own garden at Giverny (one version, a vast triptych c.1920; Mus. of Modern Art, New York City).In 1874 Sisley, Morisot, and Monet organized the first impressionist group show, which was ferociously maligned by the critics, who coined the term impressionism after Monet's Impression: Sunrise, 1872 (Mus. Marmottan, Paris). The show failed financially. However, by 1883 Monet had prospered, and he retired from Paris to his home in Giverny. In the last decade of his life Monet, nearly blind, painted a group of large water lily murals (Nymphéas) for the Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris.Monet's work is particularly well represented in the Louvre, the Marmottan (Paris), the National Gallery (London), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago. It is also included in many famous private collections.BibliographySee biographies by W. C. Seitz (1960) and C. M. Mount (1967); Claude Monet: Life and Art (1995) by P. H. Tucker; studies by J. House (1986), D. Skeggs (1987), and M. and J. Guillaud (1989).

14 Comments:

At 6/19/2006, Anonymous xmichra said...

I like his paintings as well.. but I am more a Dahli fanatic.

 
At 6/19/2006, Blogger boo said...

amazingly talented artist :)

 
At 6/19/2006, Blogger LocuTus of Borg said...

He was a wonderful artist - one of the best ... I completely agree. I have seen many of his works in art museums around the country, I they definitely stand out by themselves. I guess you like Monet to write all that about him ;).

 
At 6/19/2006, Blogger cherish said...

Xmichra: Thank you! I am going to check out some Dahli!

Boo: Huggsss

LoB: Well I just cut and pasted his bio into post for people who did not know about him. Grinz!

 
At 6/19/2006, Blogger Fred said...

Great post about Monet. I teach about art in my AP Euro class, and the students usually agree that he was one of the best, hands down

 
At 6/19/2006, Blogger Top cat said...

These paintings are beautiful cherish, the colors are so vibrant and rich.

Thank you for posting them and the information about Monet is fascinating.

 
At 6/19/2006, Blogger Puffin said...

My wife is a huge monet fan....I hope someday to be able to take her to view his gardens...It would be a surprise trip of course.

 
At 6/19/2006, Anonymous xmichra said...

what do you call that.. dahli is a surrealist?? i dunno. it's odd twisty make your eyes bleed you stare for so long paintings. Monet is more soothing, calm beautiful and ornate. I love them both. But for some reason i am drawn to the warped stuff =P

 
At 6/20/2006, Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

Mrs. Fab is a big fan too!

 
At 6/20/2006, Blogger Gary said...

Monet is one of my favorite painters. Definately a tremendously brilliant man.

 
At 6/20/2006, Blogger LocuTus of Borg said...

So do YOU paint?

 
At 6/20/2006, Blogger gunngirl said...

Yes, I'm a big fan of impressionist paintings. I love the Art Institute, of course more now than when I was younger. I like Picasso, da Vinci, Renoir, Degas and Edward Hopper, too.

 
At 6/20/2006, Blogger StringMan said...

Like xmichra, I tend to walk on the Dali side ...

 
At 6/21/2006, Blogger cherish said...

Fred: I bet that is a very interesting class. I think I may have to sign up. Do you think the kids would notice the old lady in the back? hehe

TC: I am happy you liked the pictures, he really is amazing!

Puffin: That would be an amazing surprise. Wonders if I would fit into her suitcase, grinzz..

XMichra: Monet is an impressionist. You like all that wicked stuff... hehe... I looked at Dahli it is very cool!

Mr. Fab: I knew I liked Mrs. Fab. grinz

Gary: I could not agree more!!

LoB: I body paint men laying naked on floor tiles does that count? Actually I could not paint if someone held a gun to my head. I have no talent for anything:(

Gunnie: I like daVinci too he has an amazing stroke!

Stringman: Hmmm you better watch walking on Xmichra's side she is freaky, grinzzzzz... She is a very naughty girl!! ~winks @ XMichra~

 

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