Claude Monet: Water Lily Pond and Weeping Willow, 1917-19
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Water Lilies is not a name of a single painting, but a name of a series of works. During his lifetime, Claude Monet (1840-1926) comes back to this subject matter several times, and painted more than 250 water lilies paintings. The focal point of these paintings was the artist’s beloved flower garden, which featured a water garden and a smaller pond spanned by a Japanese footbridge. They represent the most iconic images of Impressionism. From 1916 through 1919, Monet produced a series of paintings which focused on three weeping willow trees that stood at the southwest and northern ends of his vast water garden. Water Lily Pond and Weeping Willow depicts the largest of the three willows which was the model for a group of pictures that focused primarily on the tree's trunk and its sea of overhanging branches.
Deeply affected by the war, the weeping willow represented a poetic symbol for Monet, one which he used to express his heart-felt despair and hope that the event would soon be over. He fused lyricism and realism in his depictions of the mammoth tree, causing the very shape of the object to melt away in modulations of colour. This painting immerses the spectator into a fantastical world of water, brilliant colour, and wonderfully lush foliage.
The distinguishing characteristics of Monet's late work are long, sinuous brushstrokes - often of unmodulated colour - which are applied in so loose a fashion that outlines are blurred and form is dissolved in light and colour. These characteristics are evident in this picture, for example, in the long green strokes which form the canopy of overhanging foliage. The sublime painterliness of Monet's late style is one of the greatest achievements in twentieth-century art, anticipating and superceding much of Abstract Expressionist painting.
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