Monet “The Water Lily Pond” Artist Study
This 1899 artwork The Water Lily Pond by Claud Monet. This artwork is created at the late stage of Claud Monet, and it is the start of his series of “Water Lilies”. Through his use of art elements and design principles. Monet creates an artwork that captures different cultures.
First of all, in this artwork, Monet has applied lots of elements and principles, such as shape, texture, value, and the collaboration between color and movements. Monet has use lots of art elements. One of the most common elements that are used in oil painting is texture. The texture in this artwork is used on trees and plants. Which makes the plants seen more realistic. The shape is clearly used in this work, especially the bridge. In this artwork, there are lots of elements, such as the water lilies, tree, water, etc. But the shape of the bridge in this artwork is clearly shown. This has emphasis the main focus of this artwork. The value, which is the use of light and shadow. Monet has used a big contrast between the bright and dark parts; this suggests this artwork is drawn in either spring or summer. Moreover, in this artwork. Monet has successfully cooperated with the color and movement together to highlight the bridge include in this artwork. Firstly, the movement of the trees and the reed plants are all pointing towards the bridge, which the audience’s attention will follow the flow and look at the bridge. Secondly, this artwork is the scene in a garden, in which there is a lot of use of the color green. However, the bridge’s color is the brightest white color in this work; this stand-out color could draw the audience’s attention more. To add more, the use of the color palette also creates a hazy feeling.
In addition, from looking at the other artworks of Monet’s “Water Lily” series. There are lots of works that are from the same perspective, for example, this Japanese Bridge. Just looking at the pieces that have this Japanese bridge, about fifteen same perspective artworks of this bridge are created from 1898 to 1900. This also refers to the aspect of impressionism; the artist won’t take years to finish one work. In this artwork, we could also see the shapes are made up with short brush strokes; some of the water lilies in the water don’t have a precise shape. These two also have reflected on the characteristics of impressionism. There are also other characteristics used in this artwork. In this artwork, there are parts that reflect the modern life. In the past, there isn’t a lot of trade of culture between places like Asia and Europe, later people start to have technology that could have better communications. Monet didn’t have a chance to go to Japanese, but he learned about Japanese traditional art through globalization. This is also a part that shows the modern life.
Furthermore, when Monet created this artwork, there are lots of stories behind it. This artwork is part of his “Water Lily” series. After Monet moved around France and stopped at Giverny, the North of France, he found this beautiful natural scene. Then he has built up his own garden. However, Monet was very interested in Japanese art since 1871. Later in his life, the majority of his art influence was from ukiyo-e, also other masters of traditions, such as Utagawa Hiroshige, Katsushika Hokusai, and Kitagawa Utamaro. This is also the motivation he has built the Japanese Bridge in his garden. We could see that he has cleverly mixed this Japanese style into a western painting style from this artwork.
To sum it up, Monet has used various art elements and design principles to show the important aspects and characteristics of impressionism art. Through this, Monet has mix the Japanese traditional into the newly developed western painting style. Monet have challenge himself through his art life.