Some people are birthed onto this Earth with the purpose to leave back an exemplary legacy that will revolutionize worlds and immortalize them perennially. The bearded Frenchman, Oscar Claude Monet, the master Impressionist was one of such few individuals.
He was the most influential painter of his time as his ways and techniques were replicated as well as duplicated too many times. Such was his impact that the term ‘Impressionism’ originated from his ethereal sunrise landscape called Impressionism Sunrise.
The magic he wove while housing with the elements of light and color was truly breathtaking and utterly unmatchable. This excellence and versatility are exactly why reproductions of his paintings find space in several households among other reasons which are listed below.
He Is a Master of Colors
Monet’s illustration of disparate tints and his intimate love affair with them was known to the whole world. He is known to be a master of multicolors unconventionally and unexpectedly. A testament to all this is this masterpiece, Impressionism Sunrise which is a miscellany of such aesthetically pleasing colors that leave an indelible mark on your eyes.
Researchers have found out that the experiential quality of the painting exudes more luminance than color to a foreign eye which sounds accurately true when you glance at this painting. Monet’s simple and loose brushstrokes can be seen in the multiple shades in the water as well as with the bright orange in the sky. The detail imbued in the masterpiece is fairly simple and the only part that stands out is the vivid use of an orange palette to paint light. This painting is a riveting mix of hues that make it as beloved as it is worldwide.
Monet’s Fascination with Light and Shadows
Monet liked to paint au Plein air which is the art of penning something down as you gawk at it live. This enabled him to capture the transient nature of light as he used to see it transition and used to sketch it in its rawest form on the canvas. The fascination with light and shadows duly outshined many of his paintings including this one.
The first thing you glance at is the sunlight filtering through the canopies, flawlessly dancing on the water. Monet toyed a lot with reflections too which resulted in a shimmering effect in water as well as some aesthetic swirly patterns, the movement of which one could almost hear if you look too closely. With dark green and brown tonalities, he has portrayed the river bank which gets darker as we see further with delightful reflections in the water.
The lilac hues introduced in the painting give it a flawless touch with the aid of vague and thick brushstrokes. Although it seems like a lonesome painting, a reproduction of it above the mantel can spark up many conversations instantly as well as light up your room with a grace-filled radiance.
Excellence Achieved by Repetition of Subjects
Some of Monet’s paintings are a hallmark of sheer excellence because they have been painted a hundred times, perfectly every length and curve in the way. It is said that Monet painted his beloved water lilies over 250 times to master the nuances of light, reflection, and foliage too so much so that he could reproduce it at will.
Monet’s knowledge of the fine detailing in shrubbery arose from his interest in botany which ultimately makes for the meticulous, confident brushstrokes seen here. A pastel color palette can be seen stretched across the canvas with emphasis on powder pink, rustic orange, and disparate shades of green which complement each other faultlessly.
Such was his mastery over the water lilies that even the reflection of the gorgeous flower looks like exact mirror images of them. The simmering effect of light on the water can e is seen here as well which makes the artwork look exemplary when coupled with the narrowing perspective.
His Portraits Are As Good As His Landscapes
Monet has established a reputation of being the ultimate landscape painter but few knew his undying love for portraiture. He often indulged in sketching the beautiful nuance of his long term wife, Camille’s face out of love. His portraits were uniquely detailed with dainty elements here and there, exploiting both natural and artificial light alike.
It was his portraits of women that he used to paint outside that made him fall in love with the unstable nuances of light and fragile nature. This masterpiece combines both of his love affairs in which he has used an emerald blue for the sky with patches of white, depicting a beautiful morning.
The grass below is drawn with the precision of his trademark loose and confident brushstrokes, courtesy to his intensive knowledge of shrubbery. He has delicately painted the woman who’s caught amidst a wave of wind hitting her, swaying her billowing dress away in the most picturesque manner. This portrait seems to be stained with affection, drenched with Monet’s exemplary details, and blurry background.
The Bottom Line
Nestling in the serene corners of a French village, this cataract-stricken extraordinaire struck the art world with a blow it will never forget. Monet’s artistic prowess still stands unmatched as he weaves unbelievable beauty into his many landscapes. This is arguably why the rabble is inclined to buy Monet’s paintings so that they can also be a part of his magic.