Today We Celebrate Claude Monet

On the Bank of the Seine, Bennecourt (1868), a...

On the Bank of the Seine, Bennecourt (1868), an early example of plein-air impressionism, in which a gestural and suggestive use of oil paint was presented as a finished work of art. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

November 14th is the birthday of one of my all time favorite painters, Claude Monet.  Born in 1840, he is one of the founders of French Impressionist painting.

Monet wasn’t afraid to venture away from traditional art techniques and he began experimenting with new approaches to art including painting the effects of light en plein air with broken color and rapid brushstrokes.  This technique later became known as Impressionism.

Monet loved to paint the outdoors and was very fond of his garden.  This love is apparent in his series of works Water Lilies and Mornings on the Seine although there are many more.

I think there are so many gorgeous paintings by Monet, that it’s hard for me to pick my favorite.  Water Lilies and his Garden at Giverny certainly rank high on my list as I love their rich colors and light. Do you have a favorite Monet work?

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