Claude Monet was born in 1840, in Paris France. Monet is arguably one of the most famous painters throughout history and widely recognised as the founder of French impressionist painting. Monet is the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement’s philosophy of expressing one’s perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein air landscape painting.What is impressionist painting? It is characterised by relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities. The name of the style actually comes from from the title of a Claude Monet work, Impression, soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise).
To take a closer look at Monet’s work I decided to choose one of his iconic Lily pond paintings.I particularly like the bridge over the lily pond and feeling of depth in this painting as well as the warm light dusted over the scene. I set about trying to recreate this, using the same impressionist style and technique as Monet.
I started by trying to mark out colour and shape using quick downward brush marks, and then continuing with this and marking out the bridge. I then noticed the depth and darkness behind the light so set about adding in some darker tones. Following this I starting adding in the other colours found in this painting such as pinks, purples and lilacs. Finally then working back over with more delicate and light brush marks to create the light blanketing the scene.
Overall I’m pleased with my response to Monet’s work – it’s not as detailed by any means as Monet’s but I think I have captured the style of painting using the delicate and visible brush marks, and the feeling of both depth and light in the scene.