Impressionism's founding father Claude Monet (1840-1926), the most individual Impressionist painter, dedicated his long life to a pictorial exploration of the sensations which reality, and in particular landscape, offers the human eye. In his endeavor to capture the ever-changing face of reality, Monet went beyond Impressionism and thereby beyond the confines of self-contained panel painting: in Giverny he painted the Poplars, Grain Stacks and Rouen Cathedral series in which he addressed one motif in constantly new variations. Here, too, Monet laid out the famous garden with its water-lily pond which he was to paint on huge canvases well into the 1920s. He thereby sought to render not reality as objectively experienced, but rather that which takes place "between the motif and the artist." In their open, merely tenuously representational structure and impressive scale, Monet's water lily paintings--created long before the currents of the contemporary avant-garde--point the way to the developments of the future. About the Series:
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The World as a Month of Sundays
Winter at Vetheuil
The Garden at Giverny
Alice Hoschede Argenteuil Argenteuil Oil atmosphere Auguste Renoir autumn blue bottom Boulevard des Capucines Bridge at Argenteuil brushwork Caillebotte Camille CathedraL The main centre Charles Gleyre Claude Monet Clemenceau colour composition critics decorative dejeuner Durand-Ruel easel Edouard Manet eshibition Etretat Eugene Boudin eyes flowers France friends garden at Giverny Georges Clemenceau Giverny Green Dress Grenouillere Gustave Gustave Geffroy Havre haystacks Honfleur impression J.M.W. Turner Japanese Bridge Japanese woodcuts Lady landscape later Le Havre light lLLUSTRATlON lmpression London Manet Monel Monet moved Monet painted morning motif Musee d'Orsay Museum Neret Normandy Nympheas Oil on canvas painter palette parasol Paul Durand-Ruel pool poplars Poppy Field Railway Bridge river Rouen Cathedral Sainte-Adresse Salon scene spatial Studio Boat summer sunlight TASCHEN Terrace at Sainte-Adresse trees Trouville Venice Vetheuil waterlilies series waterlily waterlily paintings Waterlily Pond Wildenstein winter woman