Sunday, July 20, 2008

Impressions of Monet's Garden

Impressions of Monet's Garden, ACEO, 2.5" x 3.5"
Fannie Narte
For Sale in My Etsy Shop

CLAUDE OSCAR MONET

Claude Oscar Monet was born in Paris on November 14, 1840, to parents who were second-generation Parisians, Claude-Adolphe and Louise-Justine Aubrée Monet. His father hoped that Claude would continue in the family grocery business, but Claude wanted to become an artist.

EARLY ART EDUCATION

Monet's art lessons began when he was 11 years old at the Le Havre secondary school of the arts. He was a student of Jacques-François Ochard and fellow artist Eugène Boudin. Instead of copying the old masters paintings at The Louvre, he sat by a window and painted what he saw.

IMPRESSIONISM

His work, Impressionism, Sunrise, is credited as the inspiration for the title of the 19th Century art movement: Impressionism.

MOVED TO GIVERNY IN 1883

In May of 1883, Monet moved to Giverny where he produced his famous garden paintings of his water lilies, weeping willows, pond and bridge. He also produced "series" paintings during his travels to the Mediterranean, Venice, Italy and London. Oftentimes he would complete his paintings in his studio at Giverny.

FAILING EYESIGHT AND LUNG CANCER

"When Monet's world grew more confined by his advancing age and failing vision, he did not venture beyond his immediate surrounding--the garden and water-lily pool he had created on his own property." Monet died of lung cancer at the age of 86 on December 5, 1926.

MONET'S HOME AND GARDEN AT GIVERNY

Monet's home and garden at Giverny were bequeathed by his heirs to the French Academy of Fine Arts in 1966. The home and gardens were opened for tours in 1980 and is one of the most celebrated tourist attractions in France.


Sources:
Claude Monet--Wikipedia
Giverny--Wikipedia
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Monet's Years at Giverny: Beyond Impressionism. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1978.


Have you visited Monet's Garden at Giverny? What was your experience?
Fannie

7 comments:

Beth said...

Hi Fannie! I love Monet and I was disappointed that we did not visit Giverny when we were in France. We just had too many other things to take in. However my daughter got to go in 2004 and she took pictures for me. I would have taken more, but you know teenagers!

laughingwolf said...

the only monet art i've seen are in art texts and galleries...

your piece is super!

NANCY LEFKO said...

another beautiful piece...your blog is such a treat to visit...thank you for that !!

Lisa M Griffin said...

Absolutely stunning. I am a huge fan of Monet, he is by far one of my favorite painters and I have teared up seeing some of his actual paintings. Just a wonderful tribute from created by one inspiring artist in recognition of another. Beautiful!

freebird said...

Another nice little piece. I like your piano bar across the bottom of a lot of your pieces lately. It makes me think music is in the air.

Jacq said...

Your piece is very nice. I love Monet and the other Impressionist painters. Recently we watch the film "The Impressionist" which we got from Netflix, it was wonderful and very educational.

Doreen K. said...

Beautiful piece. And thanks for the story about him.