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Analysis of Waterlilles by Monet

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Introduction

________________ "Water Lilies" by Claude Monet: A Beauty at a Different Light ________________ Water lilies by Claude Monet was created in the 1920s. It is an artefact borne out of a man?s declining eyes. This painting uses big bold brush strokes which give an intense texture and movement to the painting. The painting is richly detailed, and this effect is achieved by the layering of colours instead of the use of many colours. This effect is achieved despite the lack of thin strokes and hard edges in the painting. In this painting, light is clearly a subject, the air and light in this painting are as visible as the more opaque things. ...read more.

Middle

Contrary to popular belief that to be realistic, a painting has to be almost like a picture off a camera, this painting is almost 3D in effect and engages all your senses, you feel almost as if you could even smell the scene. Yet it is very evident to you that you are looking at pigment. You don?t just look at this painting, you are in the experience of viewing it. This painting struck me as a bit odd the first time I saw it, but then I realised that it?s because of the fact that this painting evokes movement in very unexpected places; the placid surface of water, the air, the grass and even in the stationary lily pads. ...read more.

Conclusion

Your feel your perceptions of the painting shift between possibilities, from objects in the pictures, to the relations between them, and to their relation with air and water. The emphasis on light and air, by making them so visible, and water, by the use of movement that draws your eyes to it, perhaps show some deeper things that many ignore; the fact that the sun is the engine that drives our world, the water is what living things are mostly made of, and air is needed for our sustenance. After a while of looking at this painting and understanding my reaction to it, what seemed unusual was not the emphasis on light, air, water and movement in this painting, but the fact that people could perceive this view of the world as unusual. ...read more.

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