The Magnificent Monet

This series of paintings, for the children, was very fascinating to watch. In three different lessons we were able to recreate an impressionist style landscape of two of Claude Monet's most famous paintings. Both were originally created at Monet's home in Giverny; Haystacks and Water Lilies.

Let's get back to Monet first, why was he so magnificent? To the kids it was the color. To a lot of people during the modern art movement in the late 1800's-early 1900's it was the color. Before impressionism painters used predominently dull color. It was not common that you would see the artist impression of a landscape or object. It was just a painting of a landscape or an object as it was seen. Then Monet and his cohort, Edouard Manet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas and Vincent vanGogh came into the art scene in France and changed art philosophy entirely. Instead of painting what was in front of them as it was, Monet paid attention to the way light changed the color of the objects. He was obsessed with how the colors would change throughout the day and it was said that he painted the same ladscape of the haystack 15 times.

Luckily, he had a very devote and patient daughter who helped him fetch numerous canvases through out his days.

Water lilies came during the last phase of his artistic career and life and comprised of 250 oil paintings from his garden at Giverny in France. Similarly, he depicted his water lilies with emphasis on the way the light captured the image. The colors of his haystacks and water lilies series were saturated with bright color compared to the dull colors of the art during that time. The term impressionism came from a reporter and art critic who said (as an insult) that Monet's art was an "impression" of art. His creations were rejected form the Royal Academy exhibition and were not praised until Monet and his band of impressionistic artist were able to capture art enthusiasts of that time.

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