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CLAUDE MONET (1840-1926)

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Title:
Pots de Tulipes
Date:
1885
Size:
20 x 15 in.
Medium:
oil on canvas
 
As the father of French Impressionism, Claude Monet spent his career studying the effect of shifting light on colors. Impressionism, which got its name from his early work entitled Impression, Sunrise, focused on en plein air painting and the expression of one’s perception of nature.

Discouraged with the type of art taught in art classes at the time, Monet would instead look out a window and paint what he saw. He enjoyed painting the same scenes over and over again to capture the light at different times of day and during different seasons. The results of such studies include his well-known series featuring the water lilies on the pond at his property in Giverny, France.

This piece, entitled Pots de Tulipes, depicts pink, yellow, and red tulips in various stages of bloom. These flowers are further examples of the beloved landscape that surrounded his home in Giverny. The tulips would eventually be a part of his garden, but, impatient, Monet painted them while they were still in their pots. Quick brush strokes blur the lines of the subjects in Monet’s classic style, while his use of color creates light and shadows that play across the leaves and petals. Since its creation in 1885, this work has been exhibited at the Musee Moderne in Brussels, and the Kunstverein in Frankfurt as well as gallery shows at Durand-Ruel as well as Bernheim Jeune.

The painting is included in Wildenstein’s definitive catalogue raisonne of Monet’s work, on pages 150 and 151.
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