Monet and the Lesson of the Water Lilies

Six Paintings. One Concept

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Monet painted around 250 works with the water lilies of the pond of his garden in Giverny. Water lilies that are ideal to reflect on abstraction.

The need of capturing the impression, the instant in which things are perceived, made Impressionists represent figures with quick and spontaneous brushstrokes and with a great degree of abstraction.

And these water lilies show that instead of the faithful, accurate representation of things, representing their “essence”, their “soul”, what they transmit is more moving.

Monet, with just a few brushstrokes and little spots does not show us beautiful water lilies, he “extracts” all the beauty from them.


Recommended links:

Timeline: Moments of Monet.


Characteristic Elements of Impressionist Painting.

Monet’s path to Impressionism.

The First Series of Monet.

The Last Paintings of Monet: a Touch of Expressionism?

Impression, Sunrise (1872).

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