c.1914-17, oil on canvas, 200x200.7cm
Art Institute Chicago
‘Irises is an example of the artistic experiments Claude Monet undertook during World War I. It treats a familiar subject—the plantings surrounding his water lily pond—that he had focused on intensively since 1899. But, measuring approximately 6 1/2 feet square, Irises literally and figuratively expands the scale of his beloved water garden, a treatment representative of the artist’s late oeuvre. Irises was part of a group that Monet created on the heels of a period of relative inactivity after the exhibition of his Venice pictures at Bernheim-Jeune in May–June 1912). Undoubtedly Monet’s artistic stagnation was caused by the deaths of his second wife, Alice, in May 1911, and his son Jean in February 1914, as well as the discovery that he had cataracts. But by April 30 of that year, Monet showed signs of rejuvenation, describing to his friend Gustave Geffroy, “I am even planning to embark on some big paintings, for which I found some old attempts in a basement. Clemenceau saw them and was amazed. Anyway, you’ll see something of this soon, I hope.” By late May or early June 1914, Monet had reinvigorated his artistic practice..’-[museum catalogue entry]
🇫🇷 "Ici [à Étretat], mon cher, c’est adorable, et je découvre tous les jours des choses toujours plus belles. C’est à en devenir fou, tellement j’ai envie de tout faire, la tête m’en pète. [...] Eh bien, mon cher, je veux lutter, gratter, recommencer, car on peut faire ce que l’on voit et que l’on comprend, et il me semble, quand je vois la nature, que je vais tout faire, tout écrire,… quand on est à l’ouvrage... Tout cela prouve qu’il ne faut penser qu’à cela. C’est à force d’observation, de réflexion que l’on trouve. Ainsi piochons et piochons continuellement [...]".
🇬🇧 "It is beautiful here [in Etretat], my friend; every day I discover even more beautiful things. It is intoxicating me, and I want to paint it all - my head is bursting.. ..I want to fight, scratch it off, start again, because I start to see and understand. I seems to me as if I can see nature and I can catch it all.. ..it is by observation and reflection that I discover how. That is what we are working on, continuously [...]".
Claude Monet, letter to Eugène Boudin, February 10, 1860
Thank you @bleue_insta for the picture!
Claude Monet's “Leicester Square” reflects the painter's astonishment at London's bustle and activity. Painted from a window high over the square (to which Monet had secured access through John Singer Sargent), it encapsulates all the frenzy of an evening out on the town. In its blurred whirl of people and electric light, it also foreshadows the abstract styles that would rise to prominence with the modernism of the 20th century. Monet planned to make an entire series from this vantage point, but was prevented by a combination of illness and exhaustion. To view more artworks produced by impressionist painters in London, currently on display @tate, click on the link in our bio. #Monet
Saturday #Caturday 🐱 🐱 🐱 – This porcelain cat is returning home to Claude Monet’s house in Giverny.
Offered in our Dear Monsieur Monet auction in Hong Kong this November, the feline sculpture was purchased by Mr. Hideyuki Wada, who has gifted it back to the Foundation Claude Monet.
A glazed biscuit cat, Japan, late-Edo/early-Meiji period, 19th century realized HK$525,000/ US$67,538 (including buyer’s premium) more than 20 times its low estimate.
Dear Monsieur Monet – 26 November at Christie’s Hong Kong.
In this painting we can see the physical aspect of Camille Pissarro. His face is characterized by a long white beard. Moreover, he assumes a calm and determined attitude, that makes him authoritative and respected, like a biblical patriarch.
Camille Pissarro - Self-Portrait.
1874 - Paris, Musée d’Orsay.
#Monet era un viaggiatore, sempre a caccia di nuovi motivi da utilizzare nelle sue opere. Tra il 1880 e il 1885 soggiorna sulla costa della #Normandia , la terra della sua infanzia, in cui mare, spiagge e falesie diventano soggetti adeguati alle sue preoccupazioni estetiche🌿 Scoprite il percorso che ha portato un #artista così grande a compiere opere di incredibile #bellezza , la #MostraMonet vi aspetta al Complesso del #Vittoriano di #Roma .