Saturday, March 19, 2011

Monet in series


Thanks to CDoart for finding this for me! (Click to see it sparkle)
Claude Monet seems to have had a certain fascination with bridges.  In particular, the Japanese bridge he made over his lily pond in his garden in Giverny, but also he painted bridges in other parts of France and on his trips to London, England.

Fascinated with the play of light on his subject over the course of the day, Monet used several canvases at once and moved to each new canvas with the changing light.
This method of painting meant he had many different versions of the same subject.  Besides bridges, Monet is known for his series of paintings of Rouen Cathedral, The British Houses of Parliament, Poplar trees, haystacks and probably his most famous -- waterlilies.

The website of The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC has an interesting post about Monet's series paintings. You can click on the featured paintings for some background information. Visit it here.

In this clip, Monet as an old man is played by Julian Glover.

I have gathered together a little slide show of as many of Monet's paintings and chalk drawings of bridges as I could find.

Here is a lovely video which shows many of Monet's series paintings. They are blended together to make a moving light show.

This video, which shows a series of paintings about The British Parliament buildings, probably contains one of Richard Armitage's favourite paintings (according to an interview).  I wonder which one he likes best?

Richard as Lucas North in Spooks 8.1 in front of the British Parliament Buildings.
photo couresy of Richard Armitage Central Gallery


bccmee said...

It is interesting to see different paintings from the same series in various museums. I recently visited the art museum in Philadelphia, and the Monet works there looked very much like the ones I saw in Paris, London and New York City! Fascinating.

Anonymous said...

Although he took a "dim view" of the constantly changing light in England, his paintings are so evocative of the English atmosphere.


mulubinba said...

I've seen the haystack series in RL when they came out with an exhibition here. Also one of the British Parliament Buildings. It was interesting to stand in different parts of the room and look at how the colours and shapes came together so well. He was a true genius.

Traxy said...

Crikey, he did do a lot of the same subjects! Wonderful colours. Some of them feel especially as if they are "alive". :)