Monet Claude – “Irises”
Claude Monet is often referred to as an open air artist, because he often painted his paintings from nature, in the open air. Such his works are distinguished by tremendous freshness and vitality, apparently due to the fact that the artist, being in nature, catches the slightest changes taking place in wildlife, and does not transfer to the canvas that static image that was born in his head.
Impressionism, as a direction in painting, at the origins of which was Monet, suggests a special approach to viewing such works. The impressionist artist transfers to the canvas not the surrounding reality, but his impression of what is happening.
The painting depicts magnificent flowers – irises, but the artist’s imagination draws in front of the viewer a whole ocean of color – so fabulous shades of blue draw into their depths. The lack of clear details in the work, on the contrary, strengthens the impression. It is this technique that makes the painting “Irises” so embossed, tangible and at the same time somewhat unreal, fabulous. Here Monet, however, as in his other works, conveys to the audience his impression of what he saw, without striving for photographic accuracy. Therefore, the picture acquires an amazing depth and saturation of color, drawing the viewer and not allowing them to be distracted by trifles.
Once again, Claude Monet demonstrates his artistic skills. Freshness and naturalness of colors, depth of color, only a few carefully traced iris flowers make the viewer perceive the entire still life as a whole through the artist’s point of view, without isolating its individual elements. The painter tried to convey to us, the audience, the impression that the beautiful irises made on him and he succeeded once again.
Year of painting: 1914 – 1917.
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Genre: genre painting.
Style: still life.
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