impressionists on the water


Claude Monet (1840–1926, France)

Large-scale water lilly paintings

Monet was a French impressionist painter. He is arguably the most famous impressionist, with numerous works that have entered the popular consciousness. As an artist he helped establish the movement’s plein air principle of depicting nature outdoors rather than in the studio. Monet’s interest in capturing the sense of a scene led him to paint many different versions of some of his subjects, each taking pains to represent the changing nature of the landscape or architecture a different lights and seasons.

The water lilies (or nymphéas) is a series of approximately 250 oil paintings produced during the second half of his career, and increasingly becoming the artists main artistic focus. The paintings depict Monet’s flower garden at Giverny during the last thirty years of his life, and many of the works were painted while Monet suffered from cataracts. Many of the paintings were of standard size, but some were multi-metre wide canvas designed to be viewed as panoramas.