Thursday, January 12, 2012

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Self Portrait With A Beret by Claude Monet

On beauty...this weeks Top of the Heap...Claude Monet!

Water Lillies I by Claude Monet

Water Lilies by Claude Monet is one of my favorite paintings. I think that his style is amazing and the colors are beautiful. I like this particular version of waterlilles because a few years ago in art class, an impressionistic artist came in to speak. During his presentation, he referenced Monet and showed the class the painting to the left. He didn't tell anyone anything about the painting, but instead he asked the class what we thought it was a painting of. No one in my class could guess- but I knew that it was a painting of water lilies. When I first saw the picture, I felt exactly how I feel when I see the pink waterlillies in the lake across from my grandparents house. It is as clear to me as it ever was, and ever will be, what Monet was trying to reflect in this painting. Plus, there's nothing more magical than a pink water lily, I mean, I know it's girly and all, but who cares! ~ F

The Artist's Garden at Vetheuil 1880

First of all, I love sunflowers! I think that this painting is so peaceful. It reminds me of the beach and makes me feel warm. I think the colors are vibrant and clear, even though the image is somewhat blurred.
It's like a dream. ~ L

Does anyone else like Claude Monet or are there any other artists that you would like to share with us?


  1. I love Monet's works. I love his whole style of painting. His works exude peace.

  2. I agree with Donna: "His works exude peace." Well said.

    Thanks for the bit of artistic loveliness in the middle of my very busy day. "Peaceful" is exactly what I needed... :0)


  3. @Kimba- Me, too!

    @Donna- He is fabulous! I agree- so peaceful~

    @M. Christine Weber- So glad you enjoyed! It is always nice to take a break and take in a piece of art. :)

  4. Oh yes, yes, I like Monet, too. There are a few pieces I like but the one with a lady holding up a parasol is what I remember most. I wrote a short assignment on that artwork for a Gotham Writers' Workshop course few years ago. :)


  5. I love those paintings so much...I feel peaceful a nd joyous just looking at them!!!

  6. I love Monet, I went to see an exhibit of his while I toured Paris several years ago, it was absolute heaven.

  7. @Claudine- That is a great one too!

    @Patty- They are amazing! :)

    @Donna- Hoe cool to see one of his exhibits in Paris!

    @Elisa- So true!

  8. So neat to see Monet featured on here--indeed one of the best!

    Have you read Claude and Camille? It is a fantastic book that is based on his life. I reviewed it here in case you haven't.

  9. I like his work- it is nice to look at. Last year we learned a lot about impressionists. It was cool.

  10. @ruthill74- I haven't read Claude and Camille- Thanks so much for telling me about it!

    @Trey- I like a lot of impressionists too!

  11. I like the series he did of sunrise. Makes me want to get up and see the sunrise from time to time.


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