Claude Monet is known for his Impressionist paintings and specially for his series of paintings of water lilies in a pond and their reflections.
The Water Lilies are a series of approximately 250 oil paintings in the impressionist style. These paintings were made with the pond at Monet’s flower garden at Giverny as the model. Claude Monet famously once said “Suddenly I had the revelation of how magical my pond is. I took up my palette. Since that time I have scarcely had any other model.”
Snapshot of the Water Lily Paintings
Many of the paintings in this series are at display in Orangerie museum in Paris. It is worth mentioning about the level of detail that has been captured in his paintings. The reflections of the lilies and the clouds in many of his paintings are extremely detailed and these are accentuated by his use of colors. After a period of time, Monet stopped using earthy colors, brown and black. The main colors he used were flake white, cadmium yellow, vermilion, cobalt blue, deep madder and emerald green. He once mentioned that it is not about just the choice of colors, but how you use them is what matters.
Although many of Monet’s paintings have the same theme, each one is different and the concentration of light in the different paintings make the reflections varied and the colors accordingly varied as well.
These paintings are an epitome of impressionist fervor showcased through the distinctive usage of colors and the layers of textures.The paintings are extremely soothing and the bountiful nature around us is captured in all its beauty. These paintings serve as a source of inspiration to landscape and abstract painters throughout various parts of the world.