Claude Monet is one of my favorite artists.
Not only for his beautiful impressionistic paintings. But for his courage as an artist to think outside the box when he began his study of art. The technique of painting at the time was taught at one standard way. This traditional painting was very precise and with dark colors. Monet wanted to paint his impression of something by capturing the light. The paintings were done with quick brush strokes and lots of color to try and grasp the shimmer and shine on the water or leaves, or catch the way the light would make an object glow in the sunlight.
When he began this idea of painting in 1862, he got together with other young painters ( Renoir,Cezanne, Pissarro, Latour, Sisley, Bazille) that were also interested in impressionism. They would all paint together outside and compare notes and ideas. He was known to become very good friends with Renoir and they were known to be seen painting together regularly.
In my opinion, the reason why many great artists were recognized at this time was because all the criticism from their peers, and all the creativity that resulted from working together as a group.
In May 1883 Monet moved to Giverny, France where he planted hundreds of species of flowers and raised 8 children. Some of his most famous works he created were painted while standing in his own yard at his house in Giverny. He lived in Giverny for 43 years till the end of his life on December 5, 1926 at the age of 86. He is buried at the Giverny cemetery.
|This is my 8 year old son's journal entry about the visit|
|Saw this Claude Monet painting "Water lilies" at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris.|
This was one of his later paintings of water lilies 1916-1919 when his eyesight was deteriorating .
|We saw this Claude Monet painting of "The Japanese Bridge"at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris.|
I think he must of painted this one in the summertime. (I am guessing)
|This is us walking through the little town of Giverny. |
We loved seeing the houses covered with flowers and vines.
|Entering the grounds of Monet's house was beautiful.|
Everything inch was lush and green and vibrant.
|My 10 year old daughter took most of these pictures of flowers. |
This is only a sampling of how many she photographed.
My 13 year old daughter took most of the pictures with people in them.
|My 8 year old son's picture of himself on the bridge.|
|The lily ponds from Monet's paintings.|
|My 3 year old slept through most of the visit. It must of been the calmness of the ponds and gardens.|
|There was rows and rows or flower gardens|
|This is my favorite picture of my 10 year old daughter with|
her looking at all the flowers and taking it all in.
|It was fascinating. To see so many types of flowers and plants in one person's garden|
To live everyday surrounded by flowers would be a pleasure.
|There were many bridges|
|I can imagine how amazing these bridges must look in the spring with flowers draping over them.|
|We were all speechless looking into the waterlilies and imagining |
Monet standing at this very spot and painting or watching his children catching frogs in the pond.
|This is my favorite photo. This to me, conveys the calm and serene atmosphere of Monet's lily pond and gardens.|
|"The Japanese Bridge"|
|Is this the original boat from the painting?|
|The pathway to Monet's house|
|Wow! It was even more exquisite and charming than we expected|
Information about Claude Monet were referenced from:
by: Frank Milner
Great Children's books on Monet: Claude Monet, Sunshine and Waterlilies
by: Steven Packard
Linnea in Monet's Garden
by: Christina Bjork, &Lena Anderson