My Year of Monet – Paintings

Throughout 2019, I have been researching and blogging about Claude Monet's life and works; and, I've used this study to influence my own painting style.

My reading was highlighted by Ross King's superb biography of the Giverny years, Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies, Paul Hayes Tucker's perspectives in Claude Monet: Life and Art, Charles F. Stuckey's comprehensive Monet: Water Lilies, Daniel Wildenstein's authoritative, four-volume biography and Catalogue Raisonné, personal accounts by friends, and academic studies. I also watched videos of lectures and attended two major exhibitions: "Monet: The Late Years" in San Francisco and "Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature," a large, career retrospective in Denver (forthcoming).

I started 2019 by finishing an 8-foot-wide diptych composition using a photo I took at Monet's pond in Giverny seven years earlier. As this was the start of my year's study, it was appropriate to include the far bank disappearing to the horizon. Although present in his inital paintings of the pond and Japanese bridge, Monet eliminated the background in virtually all of his later works except as it reflected on the water.

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The Paint-Like-Monet Project

 

After months of reading and then spending a day at "Monet: The Late Years: studying canvases, I began a Project with six new pictures of water lilies and gardens using some of his later career techniques. As I explain in my blog, I chose colors Monet preferred in deference to my own favorites.

 

Water Lilies in Giverny by Leigh

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De Young Water Lilies, 2019

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Mexican Sage Brush, 2019

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Palisades Park Santa Monica, 2019
Yellow Lily, 2019
Giverny Flower Garden, 2019

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