Tuesday, October 11, 2011

ABC Wednesday
October 11, 2011

We have reached the letter M already, - half way through this entertaining round of ABC Wednesday.

M is for Claude Monet and also for  Edouard Manet, both French Impressionist Painters who became friends when they met in Paris.

Monet  (1840 - 1926) was the founder of French Impressionist Painting, a style of painting which expresses one's perceptions before nature, especially in plein-air landscape painting.

Monet's impressionistic Sunrise

Eduoard Manet  (1832 - 1883) broke new ground in choosing subjects from events and appearances of his own time and stressing "the arrangement of paint areas on a canvas over and above its function as representation" (Encyclopaedia Britannica)  This painting of "Luncheon on the Grass" aroused public hostility because of the perceived scandalous presence of a naked lady in the company of two gentlemen, and the painting was refused exhibit in 1863.  However it made Manet a hero in the eyes of other Impressionistic painters.

I have always admired these two painters, - especially Monet - and I have tried to incorporate his use of roses and blues and lilacs and other pastels in the garden, and even in our first kitchen on the farm where I painted cupboard drawers and doors in Monet colours.

For more interesting takes on the letter M visit here at ABC Wednesday with thanks to Mrs. Nesbit and her mates.


Gigi Ann said...

I have always liked Monet's paintings. There is just something about them that draws me right in.

☆•.¸.Mildred.¸.•☆ said...

Great choice for M day!
Love Monet's paintings!
Thanks for sharing your beautiful pic too;o)

Have a nice and happy day****

photowannabe said...

I really like his color palette too. You must have a lovely garden.
Interesting that the 2 painters became friends with their similar names.

Roger Owen Green said...

I always confuse Monet and Manet, though they are very different painters.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I have read that Monet had eye problems (probably cataracts) and so his soft focus paintings were probably quite realistic to what he was seeing.

I love you your art-related posts.

Granny Smith said...

I have always admired the impressionist painters, but to my mind (and contrary to much prevailing opinion) I prefer Manet. They both have flawless technique.

chubskulit said...

Beautiful paintings!

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Anna said...

Two marvellous artists to celebrate the letter M. I love you choice of colour palette in the garden ~ my favourite colours :)

Reader Wil said...

Monet is one of my favourite painters and impressionism is my favourite period of paintings. So you have made me happy again!!
Have a great rest of the week.

Wanda..... said...

Monet is my most favorite painter!

Meryl Jaffe, PhD said...

I love those paintings, and your garden is aboslutely beautiful as well.

Carver said...

Great post. I have always loved Monet but forget there are two of different artists with that last name.