'Water Lily Pond' - Claude Monet
Water Lily Pond
Claude Monet (1840-1926)
Technique: Oil on Canvas
'Water Lily Pond' was painted by Claude Monet, in 1899. Claude Monet's works began the movement of Impressionism that led to Modernism.
Impressionist paintings main subject matter is still life and nature. Claude Monet’s artwork shows a typical impressionist approach through his subject matter being the water lily pond and bridge in his backyard. He uses the water lily pond and bridge as the main focus of the artwork with an array of different shades of green in the background to allow the viewer to infer a large bush area behind the pond. This is a typical impressionists approach to art making as Monet has used still life and nature in his artwork through the water lily garden and bridge.
Impressionists are interested in the light of an object in a painting. They pronounce this light through their brushwork and color. Claude Monet’s artwork shows a typical impressionist approach through its use of light with limited amount of shade, even where there should be darkness Monet recreates it by implementing light through color. For example, in the background of leaf foliage it should be darker as the image looks further into the foliage however Monet uses bright greens even in the background, which makes the image, appear lighter. This is a typical approach to impressionist art making as Monet uses light everywhere in his painting without any shade, black and brown.
Impressionist don’t use black and brown in artworks instead they use a range of colors to create the same sense of shade. They use a technique of putting opposing colors in small strokes next to each other to make the artwork appear more vibrant. Claude Monet’s artwork shows a typical impressionist approach by its use of opposing colors to make the artwork appear more vibrant.