Claude Monet, Musée de l’Orangerie: 1. Les Nymphéas: Les Nuages (ca. 1915-1926) 2. detail: Les Nymphéas: Reflets verts (ca. 1915-1926) 3. detail: Les Nymphéas: Les Deux Saules (ca. 1915-1926) 4.
Les Nymphéas: Les Deux Saules (ca. 1915-1926)
Claude Monet’s “The Water Lilies” at Musee de l'Orangerie in Paris
Monet’s veritable artistic testament, these “large decorations” are the culmination of an entire life. Designed from 1914 until his death (1926), they are inspired by the “water garden” at the artist’s property in Giverny. As of 1886, Monet became more interested in representing his garden according to the rythm of light variations. The eight panels evoke the hours passing, from morning to the East to Sunset in the West.
Monet represents neither the horizon, nor the top or the bottom. The elements - water, air, sky, earth - become interwined in a composition without perpective, where the water lily folwers provide the rythm. The painter thus give “the illusion of an endless whole, of a horizonless and shoreless wave”.
Thinking about my art internship has made me feel really nostalgic about my past encounters with art. (This was when I went to Paris over spring break and I went to the Musee de L’Orangerie and saw Monet.
Sorry for the slight tangent from my studyblr! I just found this painting so gorgeous and inspiring. I think I would really love to minor in art history.