Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926) – Springtime, 1872 (Oil on canvas. The Walters Art Museum) – Monet moved to Argenteuil in late December 1871. In this painting, Monet was less interested in capturing a likeness than in studying how unblended dabs of color could suggest the effect of brilliant sunlight filtered through leaves. During the early 1870s, Monet frequently depicted views of his backyard garden that included his wife, Camille, and their son, Jean…

Claude Monet  – Springtime


The Beach at Trouville

Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926) – The Beach at Trouville, 1870 (Oil on canvas, The National Gallery, London) – The figure to the left is probably Monet’s wife Camille, and the woman reading may be the wife of Eugène Boudin… The painting is unusual in its composition – a close-up of symmetrically disposed figures – and in the bravura of its technique. The white dashes of paint indicating the dress are prominent. They contrast with the shadowed face, probably concealed by a veil, and the parasol shading the flowered hat…

Claude Monet - The Beach at Trouville

Dans la prairie

Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926) – Dans la prairie, 1876 (Oil on canvas) – In his Argenteuil days (1872-78), Monet frequently painted his first wife, Camille. Here is a perhaps lesser known work where Camille is almost submerged in the middle of a wealth of flowers as she reads her book. The painting was first shown at an exhibition in Paris in 1877. Its colour-filled canvas is built with darting brushstrokes…

Claude Monet - Dans la prairie


Boulevard des Capucines

Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926) – Boulevard des Capucines, c.1873-74 (Oil on canvas, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri) – Boulevard des Capucines captures a scene of the hustle and bustle of Parisian life… Applying very little detail, Monet uses short, quick brushstrokes to create the “impression” of people in the city alive with movement… (Monet painted two views from this location…)

Claude Monet Boulevard des Capucines c.1873-74

Monet Garden in Giverny

Claude Monet (1840-1926): Water Lilies (1916)
Water Lilies is a part of Monet’s water landscape group that was most likely conceived in 1909, but which he did not begin until after several personal traumas that occurred in the early 1910s… He worked in secret on dozens of canvases creating a panorama of water, lilies and sky in his studio within and inspired by his Giverny garden… While he painted from the constructed nature around him, due to his failing eyesight and the flower’s strictly summer bloom, much was painted from his rich memory. The brushstrokes and palettes utilized were varied from earlier works, almost appearing expressionistic…

Claude Monet (1840-1926): Water Lilies (1916)

Madame Monet and Her Son

Claude Monet (1840-1926): Woman with a Parasol (1875)
One of Monet’s most popular figure paintings, Lady with a Parasol showcases the parasol, one of his longstanding themes… The parasol itself makes many appearances in his work, primarily because when painting from real life outdoors, most women would use one to protect their skin and eyes… But it also creates a contrast of light and shadows on the figure’s face and clothing, indicating which direction the actual light is coming from…

Claude Monet Woman with a Parasol (1875)

Claude Monet: Poppies

Claude Monet (1840-1926): Poppies (1873) Now one of the world’s most famous paintings, it conjures up the vibrant atmosphere of a stroll through the fields on a summer’s day. Monet diluted the contours and constructed a colourful rhythm with blobs of paint starting from a sprinkling of poppies. The disproportionately large patches in the foreground indicate the primacy he put on visual impression. A step towards abstraction had been taken.
In the landscape, a mother and child pair in the foreground and another in the background are merely a pretext for drawing the diagonal line that structures the painting. Two separate colour zones are established, one dominated by red, the other by a bluish green. The young woman with the sunshade and the child in the foreground are probably the artist’s wife, Camille, and their son Jean…

Claude Monet Poppies 1873