Monet’s Water Lilies by Claude Monet
Part 1: Identification
Also described by the term the Sistine Chapel of Impressionism, the water lilies were a series of 250 oil paintings created by Claude Monet in the last 30 years of his life. The Lillies replaced his traditional contemporary subjects painted in the 1870’s through to the 90’s. The ultimate point for the lilies was artists garden which would feature a pond with a Japanese footbridge. The initial Water Lily Series was done in 1897 through to 1899 and it featured the pond environment where the plants, bridge and trees were encapsulated. Over time he shifted to Water Lilies in the third group of works motivated by ignoring the conventional pictorial space. His focus would shift to looking down at the surface of the pond amidst the reflection of the sky and tree and any other vegetation in the surrounding area as it manifested on water.
Part II: Description
The water lilies relied on the Oil on canvas as a medium. Their initial inscription dates as far back as 1906 with the dimensions being 89.9 × 94.1 cm (35 3/8 × 37 1/16 in.). Each of the water lilies relied on the natural colours of green, a silhouette of black or blue shadows depending on the times when the art was done. Being a collection on the garden, the writer attempted to highlight his appreciation of the natural beauty to depict the vegetation, sky and trees. Of all the collection, Monet was fascinated by the beauty of natural landscape and gardens and would invest much of his effort to creating these environments to suit his appeal.
Part III: Response
Monet’s work evokes emotions of appeal to nature and appreciation of the environment. His works took a lot of emphasis on different elements and at different times of the day allowing the viewer to appreciate tranquillity of nature. Monet took this process a notch higher by creating some form of similarity to encourage more viewers to appreciate their surroundings by making them much more appealing. The Lilies also remind one of the efforts that Monet placed in gifting these images to various galleries to remind humans on the importance of peace.
Part IV: Conclusion
The lilies were the perfect pieces of art considering the world would experience turmoil and as a remind Monet would create images that would appreciate the tranquillity of nature. Although I believe the Artwork would have been better had it considered the sunset rather than the silhouette of the shadow, the appeal of identifying the specific nature-based colours gave the work more allure. Some of the images may not have been appealing in presenting the image of the lily, but Monet ensured he created patterns that resonate in the entire artwork to balance this flaw.