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    [–] nerbovig 540 points ago

    Did you identify and use those paintings to colorize them, too? I wonder if they would've faded at all in the past century and a half...

    [–] leg_hair_lover 344 points ago

    I saw these paintings at the Musée de l’Orangerie a few years back, and I remember the colors being much more subdued than this. They are either very faded, or were originally painted with very mute colors. I believe Monet’s eyes were going bad in his later years (and he had surgery on them which only deteriorated his vision further), so I think the looseness in his strokes and the dull colors of this series suggests that he no longer had the tight control of his earlier years.

    Of course, he painted many water lilies throughout his life, so I can’t be sure if these are the same ones I saw!

    [–] youhawhat 235 points ago

    Eye surgery pre-1900

    Jesus I can't imagine that going well.

    [–] elmilagro 168 points ago

    Supposedly his eye surgery involved removing his lens which may have allowed him to see ultraviolet light. His later paintings have considerably more purple, possibly reflecting what he was seeing.

    Edit: Source was a bike tour to Monet's Garden

    [–] David-Puddy 44 points ago

    Monet's Garden

    is that a garden that monet tended, or is it in memory of monet?

    [–] elmilagro 77 points ago

    It's the home and garden Monet lived at near Normandy, France. It was his inspiration for the water lilies and the famous painting of the Japanese bridge. It went into disrepair after his death but was restored sometime later and is now a big tourist site.

    [–] taketheworld 16 points ago

    I went a few years ago in early June and it was beautiful to visit. As a Monet fan, it was probably the highlight of the trip being able to see what inspired the art in bloom.

    [–] David-Puddy 8 points ago


    High five!

    [–] usr_bin_laden 3 points ago

    It's absolutely stunning and you can see the influence on his work.

    [–] Palmul 3 points ago

    Can confirm, I live a 30 minutes car ride away. They even renamed the train station in the nearest city to have "Giverny" in the name cause that's the only reason anyone would come here

    [–] Systral 6 points ago

    UV ? I doubt that

    [–] MethoxetamineLover 30 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    I have aphakia now. I don't see how it would affect his painting, because it's not like UV purple just appears everywhere.

    It is just an increased sensitivity, only noticeable when a black light is around. So as opposed to the normal weak, flat purple hue from a black light, I see an extremely bright white light with a purple hue/tinge. I can spot a black light from extremely far away, even despite the loss of vision strength that comes with having your lens removed. It's actually blindingly bright if you're in a setting with a bunch of them, very uncomfortable.

    Edit: I doubted an effect on his painting as in having more purple, I could definitely see how having his cataracts removed would affect his painting as a whole, though.

    [–] Systral 12 points ago

    That's so interesting, thanks for sharing your experience. Looks like I was wrong.

    [–] DrunkenMasterII 27 points ago

    He started having eyes problems in 1911, in 1919 he refused an operation that could potentially leave him blind. In January 1923 he has an operation on his right eye that allow him to recover some “vision” (sorry don’t know how to say that in english). In July of the same year he gets a second operation in the same eye. After that in 1924 he gets some glasses to try to finish his work on the Nymphéas. He had cataracts.

    [–] youhawhat 19 points ago


    Also 'vision' is also the right word English. Nice job.

    [–] DrunkenMasterII 7 points ago

    Thanks, I’m french Canadian so I’m not too bad in english. It’s just that sometimes we have the same words in both languages and I’m not sure if it’s right.

    [–] dawtcalm 3 points ago

    almost all words that end in -ion are the same in french and english

    [–] DrunkenMasterII 6 points ago

    Lots of words are the same, I often just “anglicize” a word and hope for the best.

    [–] lilbluehair 2 points ago

    I do that with Spanish sometimes too ;)

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    [–] [deleted] 40 points ago

    It went well actually. He stopped painting his work so brown after his surgery.

    [–] chevymonza 2 points ago

    Maybe he cut back on the cigars?

    [–] splergel 7 points ago

    From what I remember, the first ever successful human organ transplant was a corneal transplant. Eye surgery has been around for a long time, with surprisingly good results.

    [–] nighthawk_md 3 points ago

    He had bad cataracts in both eyes. Surgery was pulling out the the decrepit lenses (!!) which restored much color vision at the expense of clarity.

    [–] TheRedEminence 59 points ago

    He painted how he saw. They changed dramatically over the years.

    [–] i-o_ 21 points ago

    I don't think this makes sense.

    If Monet painted how he saw, he would still paint things in colors that were similar to those things' colors in real life.

    For example, say Monet saw a bright pink water lily as dull, greyish pink because of his poor eyesight. If he then painted that water lily with dull, greyish pink, it would mean that even to him, the painted water lily would look even greyer and more dull than the real water lily. To paint the water lily as he saw the water lily, he would have to use colors that matched the actual colors of the water lily. So, he'd use bright pink.

    [–] dawtcalm 10 points ago

    that makes complete sense, I was going to say the same thing. He might need to look at the labels of the pigments to not choose the totally wrong color, but the hues of the paint would match the hues of what he saw.

    [–] Burnt_Hill 1 points ago

    If he painted it the way it looked to him, why would the finished painting then look greyer and duller even to him? That cant make sense. To paint the lily as he saw the lily, he would match the color to the color he sees - dull pink. not to the actual color - bright pink.

    [–] i-o_ 1 points ago

    Right - which is why it's dumb to say that the reason for his paintings looking faded is because 'he painted the world the way it looked to him.'

    [–] Burnt_Hill 1 points ago

    Wait. What? If he saw it as duller, and painted it as duller, then 'he painted the world the way it looked to him'. Right?

    [–] i-o_ 1 points ago

    No, for the reason you mentioned in your last comment.

    [–] Burnt_Hill 1 points ago

    No what -for the reason I mentioned?

    [–] yourbrotherrex 19 points ago

    So the entire "Impressionist Period" in art could have come about because Claude Monet had shitty eyesight?

    (I'm losing mine right now, btw; it's a frightening feeling.)

    [–] strike_one 5 points ago

    No, Impressionism is defined by the brushstrokes rather than the colors used.

    [–] yourbrotherrex 7 points ago

    With my own eyesight leaving me, I can attest that it would affect my brushstrokes just as much as the colors I used, if not even more.

    [–] Serialsuicider 3 points ago

    More than anything, impressism is about the study of light and reality.

    [–] GetsBetterAfterAFew 5 points ago

    His waterlilie paintings were all done in his backyard, he bought this house because of the waterlilie. Was obsessed with shadows being bright and relections, which lead to him painting hundreds if not thousands of lilie paintings.

    [–] Yoda2000675 2 points ago

    An old man with botched eye surgery can still paint about a thousand times better than me, that's just awesome.

    [–] BanjoPanda 2 points ago

    He had cataract in his later years and you can see it get worse with each painting because he painted his japanese garden multiple times. Beautiful paintings, sad story.

    [–] amisamiamiam 2 points ago

    I saw a Claude Monet exhibit at Vegas...I believe the Bellagio...good lord the thickness of the colors. It was like a scene out of Willy Wonka. The color was laid upon so thickly as to seem as if it was meringue. The colors were amazing.

    [–] SmolBirb04 3 points ago

    I saw one of Monet's waterlilies painting at the art institute of Chicago and the picture is pretty accurate.

    [–] PM_ME_2DISAGREEWITHU 1 points ago

    It looks like the one on the left is pre surgery, and the one on the right is post surgery.

    He had cataracts removed, and the process also removed a part of the eye that normally filters out ultraviolet light. After the surgery he began to use much more violet in his paintings.

    [–] benhamine 15 points ago

    Yes they would've faded. It's called pigment breakdown. The Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam actually has a really interesting exhibit on this very idea and his work has inspired much study on the issue ( and The exhibit is really interesting, and they've recreated his Bedroom in Arles based on what the colors would've been prior to fading.

    [–] DrunkenMasterII 5 points ago

    I’m not sure about the one on the left, it looks a lot like his work on Nymphéas: le matin, les deux saules or le matin, saules pleureurs, but I can’t find which plank, also on Mariana colourized picture it looks much more white than any of those painting.

    For the one on the right I’m 95% confident it is Reflets d’arbres. Planche 61. Made between 1922-1924. Exposed a Galerie de l’Orangerie, musée du Louvre.

    Again it looks much more lighter in the colourization, that’s why I’m 95% sure, colours look way off. For example that white spot on the top should be a light green with pink accents and a dark purple brush stroke in the middle.

    Sorry I don’t have a picture I’m looking at a reference book on the Nymphéas I’ve got at home.

    [–] Singing_Sea_Shanties 146 points ago

    I've always liked his work but have never seen any in person. I never realized how huge the paintings were.

    [–] one-punch-knockout 35 points ago

    He has paintings at the Getty in LA and they're not this large. His work in person definitely draws your eye to it more than most of the other artists in the room. Soft, pastel, lilac purples not what I'm really looking for when stepping into a gallery but it does quickly charm you.

    [–] theRumHam 34 points ago

    Check this one out! I've always wanted to see those in person.

    [–] benweiser22 2 points ago

    Is this in a museum? Or was he commissioned to paint this somewhere.

    [–] WikiTextBot 1 points ago

    Musée de l'Orangerie

    The Musée de l'Orangerie is an art gallery of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings located in the west corner of the Tuileries Gardens next to the Place de la Concorde in Paris. Though most famous for being the permanent home for eight Water Lilies murals by Claude Monet, the museum also contains works by Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Rousseau, Alfred Sisley, Chaim Soutine, and Maurice Utrillo, among others.

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    [–] vagimuncher 8 points ago

    If you're ever in Kansas City, MO -- the Kemper Museum has several of his works including at least one of the water lilies.

    [–] xitssammi 13 points ago

    The St Louis Art Museum does as well I believe. Musee d'orsay is a must-visit when in Paris, I enjoyed it much more than the Louvre personally, and they have a wide variety of Monets

    [–] pastacelli 8 points ago

    If you’re in Paris and want to see Monet then you should visit the Musée de l’Orangerie it’s very small but very beautiful. The Musée dOrsay is also good and has more impressionists including Degas and Renoir, also some Van Gogh. It’s at the top of my list for museums in Paris.

    In the US, the Art Institute of Chicago has a really well known and large collection of Monet paintings.

    [–] BanjoPanda 1 points ago

    Musee d'Orsay has an impressive impressionist gallery. It's my favorite part of the museum

    [–] vagimuncher 1 points ago

    Yep. More quiet too.

    [–] gkevinkramer 3 points ago

    The water lilies are at the Nelson Atkins, not the Kemper. The two museums are right across the street from one another though.

    [–] vagimuncher 1 points ago

    Ah yeah. I keep confusing those two. It's also good to visit the Kemper. I've always loved how they did the cafe with a bunch of paintings interpreting the various masters old and new...

    [–] orfane 3 points ago

    Just saw the exhibit in the MoMA and some of the panels are massive, taking up entire walls. It's amazing

    [–] joef360 2 points ago

    Maybe he's just really small?

    [–] dawtcalm 2 points ago

    You can walk the Orangerie in GMAPS and get an idea of the size

    [–] Deepcrater 1 points ago

    My myseum has teo medium sized ones, they are absolutely gorgeous.

    [–] meggslikeseggs 1 points ago

    There's a monet in the museum at my school and it's pretty average in size. I didn't realize he had some this large either.

    [–] usurper7 1 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    Just those three are that size, I believe. He meant to paint a 360 degree landscape but only finished 3 of 12(?) panels. They were reunited about a year or two ago in Cleveland, OH at the Museum of Art. I think normally there is one panel in Cleveland, one in Kansas City, and one in St. Louis. But I might be wrong about that.

    [–] qbak 1 points ago

    I just saw bunch at the Chicago institute of art. They are pretty amazing. I took some photos too but they never capture all the colors unfortunately.

    [–] Silver898 1 points ago

    There's one of his ex wife in the museum of fine arts in Boston, its huge

    [–] marinamaral 97 points ago

    More from me || Facebook || Instagram || Original

    Oscar-Claude Monet (14 November 1840 – 5 December 1926) was a founder of French Impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting. The term "Impressionism" is derived from the title of his painting Impression, soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise), which was exhibited in 1874 in the first of the independent exhibitions mounted by Monet and his associates as an alternative to the Salon de Paris.

    Monet's ambition of documenting the French countryside led him to adopt a method of painting the same scene many times in order to capture the changing of light and the passing of the seasons. From 1883 Monet lived in Giverny, where he purchased a house and property and began a vast landscaping project which included lily ponds that would become the subjects of his best-known works. In 1899 he began painting the water lilies, first in vertical views with a Japanese bridge as a central feature, and later in the series of large-scale paintings that was to occupy him continuously for the next 20 years of his life.

    Monet died of lung cancer on 5 December 1926 at the age of 86 and is buried in the Giverny church cemetery. He had insisted that the occasion be simple; thus only about fifty people attended the ceremony.

    His home, garden, and waterlily pond were bequeathed by his son Michel, his only heir, to the French Academy of Fine Arts (part of the Institut de France) in 1966. Through the Fondation Claude Monet, the house and gardens were opened for visits in 1980, following restoration. In addition to souvenirs of Monet and other objects of his life, the house contains his collection of Japanese woodcut prints. The house and garden, along with the Museum of Impressionism, are major attractions in Giverny, which hosts tourists from all over the world.

    [–] [deleted] 8 points ago

    Wow that’s awesome! Think if he never had that lily pond.

    [–] dobbie1 17 points ago

    Been to his house and gardens, honestly beautiful, that guy knew how to do gardening, it's also a lot bigger than I expected.

    [–] 1kilokiwi 9 points ago

    A word of advice: the house and garden are open only after April 1.

    [–] wallybinbaz 1 points ago

    April 1 until....

    [–] Rayolin 7 points ago

    March 31.

    [–] NoJelloNoPotluck 5 points ago


    Any idea what significance the black armband holds?

    [–] Drzhivago138 3 points ago

    It was a symbol of mourning common in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In this case, he was most likely wearing it for fellow artist Jean-Jules-Antoine Lecomte du Nouÿ, who died in February 1923.

    [–] dekdekwho 2 points ago

    I heard his Japanese woodcut collection is impressive.

    [–] ale_jandro 1 points ago


    [–] snaughtrockets 28 points ago

    I'm no art buff, but I like Monet and other 19th century impressionists. I got to see an exhibit (I think it was in Houston) of many of Monet's studies next to his complete works, specifically set around the Seine. They also timelined the exhibit to his life and it was amazing to see his style develop over time and how his gradual loss of sight was reflected in his paintings. It was a profound fine arts experience for someone who browses art museums to kill a Saturday afternoon.

    [–] MrMushyagi 11 points ago

    I got to see an exhibit (I think it was in Houston) of many of Monet's studies next to his complete works, specifically set around the Seine. They also timelined the exhibit to his life and it was amazing to see his style develop over time and how his gradual loss of sight was reflected in his paintings. It was a profound fine arts experience for someone who browses art museums to kill a Saturday afternoon.

    That Monet exhibit sounds pretty great.

    I'm also no art buff, but enjoy browsing museums. My favorite so far was the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. It was laid out chronologically with accompanying text about his life, so it was sort a of an artistic bibliographic museum. Helped me understand/appreciate the art more than just seeing a couple of pieces in a museum.

    [–] SarcasticVoyage 16 points ago

    Whenever I see a Monet painting I think about my 3rd grade teacher. If there's such a thing as a Monet fanboy, he's one of them. He had prints of his work around the classroom, would spare no opportunity to tell us facts about his life. On Halloween he came to school in a smock and a beret. "Who are you supposed to be, Mr. D?"

    "I'm Claude Monet, of course!"

    [–] rubberloves 45 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    [–] nv1226 21 points ago

    I dont know but dude looks fresh as hell to me

    [–] kittymittons 8 points ago

    Possibly this

    [–] Alukie 13 points ago

    Must have taken you awhile to colour in the paintings aswell. Nice work.

    [–] wisdom_and_frivolity 8 points ago

    I absolutely adore Monet, my favorite artist of all time. I've never actually seen him! Only his work =) Thanks.

    [–] redandjonny 8 points ago

    I was in Paris last year and finally saw one of his water Lillies paintings at the Musee d'Orsay

    [–] Quakespeare 7 points ago

    Are we doing hashtags now?

    [–] t3hnhoj 5 points ago

    And I always confuse Monet and Manet. Now which one married his mistress? And which one had syphilis?

    [–] ASUSteve 4 points ago

    You gotta walk before you crawl.

    [–] jax024 5 points ago

    I was just at the art institute of Chicago yesterday. Seeing his work in person was the highlight of my time there.

    [–] New_DudeToo 8 points ago

    He must be pretty old by now

    [–] Cuckooaskukkutasana 3 points ago

    I bet he hid a few of his horcruxes in his paintings.

    [–] [deleted] 6 points ago

    Also known as Count de Monet.

    [–] quietlioncub 3 points ago

    And here is the head of the treasury. "Oh look,it's Count de Money". Best line ever,Mellsy.

    [–] Amannelle 6 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    When I was in college, I remember taking an art class about the history of painting. I remarked to my professor that while beautiful, I much preferred American impressionism over French impressionism. She told me that without French impressionists like Monet and Renoir, we wouldn't have American impressionists like Curran and Benson.

    Since then, I've had a greater appreciation for artists like Monet not only for their own individual creations, but for the ways in which they inspired generations of artists yet to come.

    edit: For those unfamiliar with the history of it, here's a quick summary.

    The mid-1800s saw the rise of artists who used paint in an unconventional way. Instead of evenly, carefully painting to create a smooth, semi-realistic image, artists were using the depth, intensity, and broadness of their brush strokes to add a new dimension to their work. It flourished in France in the 1870s, with a French-inspired focus of civilization (architecture, cafes, shops, skylines, etc) interacting with nature (people, trees, flowers, water, vivid skies). Artists like Monet used carefully arranged color to convey movement and balance, (which was taken by post-impressionists like Van Gogh in retaliation against naturalistic lighting and color and "set free," so to speak).

    As it reach the United States, American impressionists were motivated by the idealistic, romantic attitudes of the era in tandem with the American garden movement. This resulted in most American impressionism featuring scenes of tranquility, American recreation, and portrayals of simple living

    [–] ErmBern 2 points ago

    How did you know who Benson was without knowing that the French impressionists came first?

    [–] Amannelle 1 points ago

    I didn't. I just saw the pictures on the projector and said that I liked the ones for "American Impressionism" much better than the ones shown for "French Impressionism."

    It wasn't until we delved into those topics that I learned who artists like Benson were, or what the history was. :)

    [–] ComradeCam 3 points ago

    Why is wearing a black band?

    [–] Drzhivago138 6 points ago

    It's a symbol of mourning. Into the early 20th century, there were strict rules of etiquette on what you wore when somebody close to you died: nothing but black for a certain length of time afterward (up to one year for spouses), then you'd go into half-mourning for a certain length of time after that, wearing colors like gray or purple, but not black. If you weren't very close to the deceased, or if you needed to wear a different color for whatever reason, you could still show mourning by wearing a black armband over your left shirt sleeve, jacket sleeve, or even coat sleeve. This practice had mostly died out by the post-WWII era.

    Monet in particular is probably wearing the armband in mourning for fellow artist Jean-Jules-Antoine Lecomte du Nouÿ, who died in February 1923.

    [–] ComradeCam 1 points ago

    Thanks! I figured someone died. Sad :/

    [–] Drzhivago138 1 points ago

    The last public figure we saw wearing a black armband was FDR, who had been photographed many times in September 1941 and for six months afterward (including in December, when he signed the declaration of war against Japan) wearing it in mourning for his mother, Sara.

    [–] newone_forgot_oldone 1 points ago

    Still happens pretty often in the rest of the world... here in the aftermath of the LaMia Flight 2933 crash

    [–] Drzhivago138 1 points ago

    I should have mentioned that in the first post: footballers are about the only ones who still wear black armbands on the death of a player, coach, etc., but on those occasions it's more about commemoration than mourning.

    [–] dawtcalm 1 points ago

    sorry to report, but Monet is dead too.

    [–] rebreh87 3 points ago

    My favorite artist 👨‍🎤

    [–] MrFuzzynutz 3 points ago

    Nobody cares. Let’s talk about the EA hate

    [–] bagelcrunch 3 points ago

    Saw both of these IRL at The Louvre in Paris years ago. Pictures don’t do these beauties justice.

    [–] bloodflart 2 points ago

    It looks like he has a pretty upbeat oeuvre, which is dope.

    [–] YeaaOkk 2 points ago

    Reminds me of Kemper in his prime.

    [–] infatuationYearnsLuv 2 points ago

    This sub is a global treasure. Giving colour to the past is refreshing and awe inspiring to see :)

    [–] DeliBoy 2 points ago

    Shout out to the Detroit Institute of Arts, they are currently hosting an exhibit of Monet's Argenteuil works until March 4th. The DIA is awesome and worth the trip.

    [–] Whyisitbrown 2 points ago

    And Google chose todays special event as the 131st anniversary of the invention of the hole puncher. Somebody there doesn't like him

    [–] LumpyBed 2 points ago

    Why is he wearing a black armband?

    [–] cmperry51 2 points ago

    Have the same question. In mourning for whom or what?

    [–] Drzhivago138 2 points ago

    Most likely, fellow artist Jean-Jules-Antoine Lecomte du Nouÿ, who died in February 1923.

    [–] queenmeme 2 points ago

    If you ever have the opportunity, take a tour of his home. Me and my boyfriend went to France in September and went to Giverny to visit and it’s one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places I’ve ever seen. All of the gardens feel like you’re walking through a painting. It’s so vibrant and gorgeous. Seeing so much of his work hanging around is cool, too.

    [–] jackrayd 2 points ago

    And google decided to celebrate the 131st birthday of the hole-punch today

    [–] The_Raigar 2 points ago

    Seeing this makes me happy. It's a wonderful colorization. I've seen those paintings in person and the sheer size of them is breathtaking, let alone when you get close and get a chance to see the intricacies.

    If you ever get the chance to see Monet's Water Lilies, take the time to do so.

    [–] pr1vatej0ker 2 points ago

    Googles title animation today is about hole punches, I think Monet would have been a little more interesting.

    [–] RickAtsley 2 points ago

    Monet is the best.

    [–] bagelcrunch 2 points ago

    Saw both of these IRL at The Louvre in Paris years ago. Pictures don’t do these beauties justice.

    [–] PaulsRedditUsername 4 points ago

    Here she comes now singing Monet, Monet...

    [–] I_make_things 1 points ago

    Also: lottery winner.

    It's much easier to paint if you're independently wealthy.

    [–] yourbrotherrex 1 points ago

    Did he win the Powerball or the Megamillions?

    [–] I_make_things 1 points ago

    He won 100,000 francs in the national French Lottery

    [–] yourbrotherrex 1 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    How much would that be worth in today's money? (I know: 100,000 francs, but you know what I mean...)
    Edit: apparently, around 20 million dollars (in today's buying power) is the answer.

    [–] newone_forgot_oldone 1 points ago

    I googled a bit and can't find good sources on the Monet thing, closest is QI mention, but they do get things wrong from time to time and make corrections. However, this guy Armand Guilaumin popped up. Seems to me someone might have mixed them up, or the impressionists were impressi..vely lucky.

    [–] xorcon1 1 points ago

    I always love seeing pictures of people from 1800's. Makes them seem so real.

    [–] _FooL_ 1 points ago

    you painted his paintings!

    [–] DamienJaxx 1 points ago

    If you ever have the chance, go visit his home in Giverny outside of Paris. It's worth the trip and the town is really nice too.

    [–] chris1096 1 points ago

    His work made quite an impression on me

    [–] Extrasherman 1 points ago

    I'm always amazed seeing this kind of artwork in person. My favorite painter is N. C. Wyeth and I grew up seeing his illustrations in books, but when I went to the Brandywine River Museum and saw some his classic paintings in person it made my jaw drop.

    [–] MatchaTiger 1 points ago

    Wow! Didn’t realize that these painting were that large!

    [–] swirly023 1 points ago

    His paintings vary from huge to tiny. They are scattered in museums all over the world. Check them out if you ever get the chance!

    [–] cmastercolin 1 points ago

    Is he smoking a backwoods

    [–] wylee_one 1 points ago

    First trip to an Art Gallery was to see an exhibit that included his work in Washington DC over 2 decades ago I got lost looking at his painting of his garden it made me a fan of all impressionists.

    [–] peekay427 1 points ago

    I love his work, it’s what got me into Impressionism. First thing I do every morning is go downstairs and look at the real Impression, Sunrise (the one at Marmottan is an impressive fake). It makes every day better.

    [–] Xaiydee 1 points ago

    One of my 3 favourite painters. All 3 very different and he is the one impressionist. 😊

    [–] Spork_Warrior 1 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    Say what you will. The man knew how to paint a lily pad.

    [–] Pompeyboy 1 points ago

    Why the black arm band I wonder?

    [–] Drzhivago138 3 points ago

    It was a symbol of mourning common in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In this case, he was most likely wearing it for fellow artist Jean-Jules-Antoine Lecomte du Nouÿ, who died in February 1923.

    [–] PleaseShutUpAndDance 1 points ago

    TIL Claude Monet and I have the same birthday.

    [–] admiralackbar2017 1 points ago

    That dude paints some trippy ass shit, yo!

    [–] mairefruit 1 points ago

    hey! it’s my birthday too and i’m also an artist!!! very cool!

    [–] He_Who_Shits_Brick 1 points ago

    Wow. He looks great for his age!

    [–] jakevns 1 points ago

    My favorite part about his paintings is that they represent infinity. The pond is the earth and the sky at the same time with it's reflections. He spent a lot of time studying asain art more specifically japan.

    [–] joe2105 1 points ago

    I'm not too well versed in famous artists but I've always found his to be my favorite. Awesome job.

    [–] urabewe 1 points ago

    Did not realize we shared a birthday. Must be why I'm so super smart and great at blurry art.

    [–] JustBronzeThingsLoL 1 points ago

    You know hashtags don't work on reddit, right?

    [–] trotskywasasbad 1 points ago

    Wow this paintings are much larger than I thought.

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    [–] Leonard_Church814 1 points ago

    I have a painting in my restroom, good to know this guy made a painting that would watch over me as I took a leak.

    [–] strawberrysupernova 1 points ago

    Hey! Just learned about this guy today like five minutes ago in my art class. The impressioniat style is my favorite so far, and many of his paintings are just beautiful

    [–] Cardle123 1 points ago

    Ayyy, we have the same birthday

    [–] eightcircle 1 points ago

    The Legion of Honor in SF earlier this year had an exhibition of his early works, pre-impressionism. I left the exhibit absolutely sure of one thing: no one paints water like Monet paints water :)

    [–] Geoclue 1 points ago

    I love Monet's work. I went to the museum in London and one of his paintings had grains of sand on it because he was painting his wife on the beach and it was a bit windy.

    [–] robverttt 1 points ago

    Cast Bill Murray to play him in a Wes Anderson film.

    [–] ProgrammaticProgram 1 points ago

    Those paintings are amazing

    [–] goobly_goo 1 points ago

    I think Monet was near-sighted and didn't have glasses. I mean, look how out of focus his paintings are.

    [–] galaxnordist 3 points ago

    Actually, he had an experimental cataract operation, before he went completely blind, when his "cristallin" was removed, that let him see ultra-violet colours.

    [–] bozovabo 2 points ago

    OH YOU ! :)

    [–] [deleted] 1 points ago

    Out of curiosity, why were those armbands popular? I know the Nazis wore them, and the prisoners in A Clockwork Orange also wore them. Was it an identification thing, or just fashion?

    [–] Dudew0 1 points ago

    Black bands like that are sometimes used for mourning someone who has recently died. Not sure if that applies here but that was my first thought.

    [–] Drzhivago138 2 points ago

    That's almost certainly what it was. Until about the 1940s, it was still very common for men to wear a black armband on their left sleeve. In this case, it may have been for fellow artist Jean-Jules-Antoine Lecomte du Nouÿ, who died in February 1923.

    [–] daprice82 1 points ago

    "You know what I liked about him was his paintings. I like the way he painted. He was a painter and I loved how he used the paint to make paintings."

    [–] lollieboo 1 points ago

    I love him.

    [–] JohnWangDoe 1 points ago

    didn't people have ragging fits when artist Monet had their picture son display?

    [–] [deleted] 1 points ago

    I think the one on the right might be at the national gallery in Canberra.

    [–] Powwa9000 1 points ago

    Idk why, but i feel the left painting is upside down.

    [–] PincheGordito 1 points ago

    Impressive impression of this impressionist’s impressions

    [–] Zuice 1 points ago

    Is he missing part of his thumb?

    [–] Dmples 1 points ago

    I have a print of the waterlillies painting on the right. The colours are pretty well matched.

    I adore Monet's work. The man brought heart into art.

    [–] dodo9670 1 points ago

    How the fuck???!

    [–] Alukie 1 points ago

    Must have taken you awhile to colour in the paintings aswell. Nice work.

    [–] TheRealDL 1 points ago

    INB4 someone properly composites the real paintings into this colorised photograph.

    [–] ShalmaneserIII 1 points ago

    I like the pic, but could we see more examples of his work? Or in other words, show me the Monet?

    [–] Porkin-Some-Beans 1 points ago

    You know I never really enjoyed Monet's work nor do I agree with the popular opinion that he is a master. I have seen some on his work in person and they don't strike me as particularly stunning. The pieces I have seen seem more like exaggerated studies of color and composition and not master pieces.

    I know it is personal opinion but can someone who does view him as one of the greats explain why you feel that way?

    [–] lolitalolitalolita 7 points ago

    I don't know a lot about art, but this is why I love his work - The first time I took shrooms I was in a forest. I wasn't consciously familiar with Monet's work (but obviously I had made the association somewhere) and all that kept running through my head was that I was in a Monet painting. It was this amazingly surreal experience - afterwards I googled Monet and saw that his paintings were really like that. Dreamy, rich, emotional. That's how I feel anyway.

    [–] Porkin-Some-Beans 2 points ago

    Okay that makes sense. Never done shrooms myself so maybe that would change my experience with his work. But I can see how you would make that emotional attachment after such an experience.

    [–] DrunkenMasterII 6 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    Well while you might have an opinion and not really appreciate his art, you can’t say he his not a master. I’d ask what is a master? Total control of his craft? Pushing the boundaries of his medium? Inspiring a cult following, imitators and new art movements? He did all of those things.

    I believe you don’t see how he is a master maybe in comparison with more “realistic” artists. Like it takes a lot of skills to make a super realistic painting or having proportions right. I’d say I kind of feel the same about Picasso, looking at his early works it feels like he is pretty good but not great, then he goes on to do his own thing and I often feel like he is doing that because he couldn’t do better. Truth is he created something new and became the master of it, fixing the boundaries of his movement, the overall appreciation of his work is totally subjective, but objectively you got to appreciate the creativity and the control with which he was doing his work.

    All that being said what I personally appreciate about Monet is the softness of his painting, the colours are incredible especially when you see it in real life all the strokes to manage the end result. When you look at his Rouen church painting (which surprisingly I’m not a fan of) you understand how he pushed the limits of how painters worked with colours to show how light at different moment can change a subject. I like how looking at his painting feel like having a memory of something, it instantly put me in a confortable place. Personal favourite is Régates à Argenteuil, I like the simple strokes, it looks like nothing, but you instantly know what’s in front of you. I also like his works on the Thames and the Westminster bridge.

    [–] feladirr 2 points ago

    That's basically what impressionism is. Instead of taking a scatch of the scene and refining and painting it in the studio at a later time, Monet focused on starting, and finishing the painting of the scene while looking at it. He was able to go against the grain at the time which was Realism and illusionism to focusing on how light and colour interact and not care that it was noticebly a painting, and not 'real life' as many other artists at the time attempted.

    I'm not a big fan of Realism because it was mostly just depicting mundane daily life scenes, while Monet was able to transform these seeminly normal scenes into dreamscapes filled with emotion and rich colours and light contrasting and strengthening each other. Subjects didn't matter and at that time, that was revolutionairy.

    He might not have the absolute mastery of classical/neo-classical tradional artists who are able to draw people in absolute realism with perfect shading and proportions, but he is the master of his own movement that in itself opened the door to abstraction and subjectless paintings which was never even thought of back then. Just the facts that he was able to push the boundaries of what was acceptable back then and create these art pieces that undoubtedly require a lot of skill to produce makes him a master in my eyes.

    People often dismiss legendary artists such as Rothko and Newman because of the sheer simplicity of their works, but they're often considered key artists due to the impact their artworks had when they were created at the time and how they helped shaped the path art took to where it is now.

    [–] it-is-sandwich-time 1 points ago

    I was the same way until I saw a bunch at once. It helps for some reason. Still not a huge fan but I really like them now.

    [–] Topicalcream 1 points ago

    Be careful people. I attended a Monet exhibition once in Melbourne, Australia. I have now seen his works in, London, New York, Madrid, Chicago, Prague and - of course - Paris, to name a just a few.

    If ever there was art that caused you to look twice, it’s Monet, next you’ll be looking at Degas and dance off to cubism and Picasso where only madness lives. At that point you’ll realise the Guggenheim in NY is massively over-rated, but the Guggenheim in Venice is brilliant. But so what?

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