Sunday, October 17, 2010

Monet Quotes

I LOVE Monet!  His colors are gorgeous!  His painting, 'Impression Sunrise,' was how the Impressionists got their name.  An art critic condescendingly referred to this group of rebel artists as Impressionists, pulling that word from the title of Monet's painting. The name stuck!

Claude Monet said these two things:

"Color is my day long obsession, joy and torment."
I know that to paint the sea really well, you need to look at it every hour of every day in the same place so that you can understand its way in that particular spot; and that is why I am working on the same motifs over and over again, four or six times even."

Four or six times!  Monet did the Rouen Cathedral thirty times!  Much more than four or six, Claude!  And I am glad you did! 

These are two examples of the Rouen Cathedral.  Monet actually rented rooms across from it so he could paint it over and over again.  It took him two years to do this series.

Below you'll find one of Monet's haystacks.  He was primarily concerned with capturing the light at any given moment and painted furiously with this goal.  There are 25 haystacks, again, all done at different times of the day, differing atmospheric conditions, etc.  These he began during harvest time, and his painting on the stacks continued through the winter and into spring.

By the way, I got these images from  You'll find some really nice art reproductions there.

One of many haystacks painted by Monet


  1. I've always loved Monet's works, but I didn't realize he painted each thing so many times! That is so interesting that he was so obsessed with lighting and colors and even more amazing how he could be so patient as to spend two years on one subject. But now when you tell us you painted the same thing over again four to six times, that doesn't seem too perfectionistic after all compared to Monet's 30 times. I enjoyed learning more about Monet. Thanks for sharing.

  2. His work IS beautiful - you should see it in person!

  3. Haaa...I love what Monet said about color...for me it just brings joy...! nice to meet you and thanks for stopping by...I love what you do over there in your sidebar..!