#Monet #art #Monet “Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment.”  ―  C. M. ―  I want to paint the air in whic...




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“Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment.” 
―  C. M.

pink monet, oil on canvas - Google pretraživanje

 I want to paint the air in which the bridge, 
the house and the boat are to be found – 
the beauty of the air around them, 
and that is nothing less than the impossible.

―  C. M.

“Every day I discover 
more and more 
beautiful things. 
It’s enough to drive one mad. 
I have such a desire 
to do everything,
my head is bursting with it.” 
―  C. M.

“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, 
as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.” 
― C.M. 

Oscar-Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) was a painter and a founder of French Impressionist painting. The term "Impressionism" is derived from the title of his painting 'Impression, soleil levant' which means Impression, Sunrise.

"Claude Monet was the incomparable painter of bright daylight...Monet was the painter of light.” 
― Christoph Heinrich 

The perception of the effects of light on the local color of objects, and the effects of the juxtaposition of colors with each other was paramount  to the art of the Impressionists including Monet who shared the same philosophy of art giving the ordinary scenes in his daily life that extraordinary glow. 
Portraying more than just nice sights, he provides almost spiritual experience of beauty.
 Cezanne characterised  Monet as "nothing but an eye - but what an eye!"
Monet's philosophy of painting was to paint what you really see, not what you think you ought to see.
Forming  the notion of separation of visual sensation from cognition.

The textures of paintings and sensibility and how everything seems to be illuminated with rosie aura makes me nostalgic for the places I've never been to. Or I have a feeling that's exactly where I lived in a past life.

The last few paintings in the gallery above are my favorite, they make me think of one of his quotes  when the weather clouded over the sea to such extant that he wrote to Alice (his second wife):"I have to make tremendous efforts to work in darker register and express the sinister and tragic quality of the place, given my naturale tendency to work in light and pale tones."

And he was a tremendously dedicated painter:
" I am weary, having worked without a break all day; how beautiful it is here, to be sure, but how difficult to paint! I can see what I want to do quite clearly but I’m not there yet. It’s so clear and pure in its pink and blues that the slightest misjudged stroke looks like a smudge of dirt… … I have fourteen canvases underway…
(source, famous French people life quotes: Monet’s letter from Cote d’Azure to his second (future) wife Alice Hoschedé, (around 1886, fh); as quoted in “Discovering Art, – The life time and work of the World’s greatest Artists, MONET”; K.E. Sullivan, Brockhamptonpress, London 2004, p. 55.)

In his old age he moved to the house in Giverny, where he planted a large garden and where he painted for much of the rest of his life.
“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece” 
― Claude Monet

So if you would like to know more about Monet's life and his work I suggest: Monet or The Triumph of Impressionism
It is enjoyable book with a lot of pictures of paintings he did and a story of his life and how he developed his art.
Or if you're already acquainted with his work and especially if you absolutely love his work this is the book for you: The Unknown Monet: Pastels and Drawings (Clark Art Institute)
   This book enables the reader to discover an often overlooked aspect of Monet's art: the drawings and, above all, the pastels.
It can be a great coffee table book. The other day I had my girls for coffee, it was raining (in the middle of a summer) so we set and went through a similar book (on Schiele ) sipped our coffee and admired art in the comfort of my living room. Better then going to museum. (although I love that too.)
It can be a great gift, especially if you have a friend who's under the weather the beauty of Monet's paintings can do nothing but put a smile on your face, mirroring their light. I speak from experience, had some lows and the art helps, I promise. A friend of Monet’s, the writer Octave Mirbeau, wrote that he had accomplished a miracle. With the help of colors he had succeeded in recreating on the canvas something almost impossible to capture. (experience)

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