The water lilies are the subject of about 250 canvases painted by Claude Monet in his garden in Giverny. The impressionist artist wants to decorate...
The original work is dated 1873, when Monet lived in Argenteuil, and it is now kept at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. On a summer day the painter represents his wife Camille and their son Jean, surrounded by an immense field of poppies.
The original work is dated 1873, when Monet lived in Argenteuil, and it is now kept at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. On a summer day the painter represents his wife Camille and their son Jean, surrounded by an immense field of poppies. The subjects are present both in the foreground and on the bottom of the painting, almost hidden by the grass. The two figures, thus placed, form a straight oblique line, which gives a precise structuring to the painting. We can also note that the painting is divided into two parts, thanks to the axis of the horizon depicted with trees of different heights: the upper part is characterized by the brightness of the sky, and the lower part is marked by the intense colours of the poppies field. The chromes are soft and very delicate. The pastel colours give the observer a sense of serenity and softness. The contours are poorly outlined. The lawn is depicted through green spots, from which emerges the bright red of the poppies. In the painting, Monet wants to represent the flow of time during which his beloved ones are used to go down the hill, not surprisingly the child and the woman's dress fade away absorbed by the grass. Thanks to this representation, the artist gives the walk of the subjects a sense of continuity. Monet paints poppies in different sizes. Those in the foreground are slightly larger than those in the background, a technique that gives depth to the work and makes sure that the composition is not all done on the same level. It can be said that in this painting Monet manages to encase most of the aspects that characterize Impressionist painting: perspective, colour spots and "en plein-air" setting.