Monet On a Monday

Monet impressionist landscapes, debirilley.com

“Every Day,  I discover more and more beautiful things.”   What a wonderful way to start the work week with this Claude Monet quote.

Monet impressionist landscapes, debirilley.com
Monet Park-Monceau-2

Monet loved his gardens, his flowers, colour and life; infusing his Impressionist paintings with his zest and passion for everyone to share in. A lovely legacy to aspire to!

 

Monet’s Park Monceau 2 and  The Undergrowth in The Forest, both were chosen to feature today for their continuity, their similar nature to the photograph I’d take “Waiting On A Friend.”

 

These outdoor themes create a perfect, uplifting feeling in which to start the week off with.  Especially if we’re going to be working inside, in an office, all week long.

Waiting on a Friend debiriley.com
Waiting On A Friend

 

Monet Impressionist Landcapes

Monet was superbly adept at creating beautiful Impressionist landscapes that conveyed the feeling and mood, the impression of the scene.

 

The paintings were always filled with stunning colour and light. Not just colours.

His tonal value range was impeccable.  Luminous.   There was clarity of tone in every painting.  Full of rich deep darks, mid tones and those fabulous, critical,  spacious lights.

 

There is nothing photographic, photorealist, …… “just like the picture” …. about his work!

He made the viewer   feel the spirit of the place…   A wonderful thing for an artist to develop. How to create in the viewers,  that sense and emotion of being there themselves.

 

Technical skill is one thing.

But one must also relearn –  to paint, from the heart and soul as well.

Monet impressionist landscapes debiriley.com
Monet The Undergrowth in the Forest St. Germain

I will enjoy my Monday with Monet;

and discover something beautiful today.

 

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22 Comments

  1. I’m such a Monet fan! I was in Paris this summer, and seeing his paintings at the Musee d’Orsay was an absolute highlight of that trip. Love the paintings you’ve chosen too! And I’ll keep my eyes open for beauty tomorrow…

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    1. Paris for the summer, lucky you… green me! Definitely going to see his paintings would be The Highlight. …and the gardens. enjoy your day 🙂 cheers, Debi

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      1. I have been wanting to go for years, and this year, I finally got my courage together – to celebrate my 30th! So glad I did it. I went to the Rodin Museum as well – loved it almost as much as Monet :)…

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  2. Oh what a wonderful way to begin my Sunday evening! Not Monday morning yet here – so funny to think you are that far ahead that it is another day already. But love all the words and thoughts and will carry them in to tomorrow as I work and feel inspired!

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  3. I’ve never seen this particular Monet painting before – I really love the light – you can almost smell the summer trickling through the trees. Beautiful picture. 🙂

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      1. Its been many years but the Musee D’Orsay in Paris had a stunning collection of Monet. Monet’s house is worth the visit just to see the actual pond with his infamous bridge – one of the most memorable places I’ve ever been. The gardens in summer are a natural beauty. the upstairs hallway has a serious collection of Japanese erotic art – I’m sure its a valuable collection in its own right now. Do it in your lifetime, I promise you won’t regret it.

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