Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Monet at MoMA in New-York

Water Lilies by Claude Monet - Oil on canvas, three panels - Dimensions: Each 6' 6 3/4" x 13' 11 1/4" (200 x 424.8 cm), overall 6' 6 3/4" x 41' 10 3/8" (200 x 1276 cm)

Detail 1 - showing the texture of the work (click to enlarge)

Monet's Water Lilies are iconic and it became hard after Monet to paint water lilies without avoiding the reference (Read my post Monet stole my subject).

There are series of Water Lilies paintings in different museums and the MoMA in New-York has one. The large panels form a triptych on each side of the room, approximately 2 meters high and 12 meters long.

The surface of the painting is thick in some places and we know that Monet worked for many years on some of his painting, layering the pigment over and over.

Agapanthus (Oil on canvas - 6' 6" x 70 1/4" (198.2 x 178.4 cm) by Claude Monet

The Japanese Footbridge - Oil on canvas (35 1/4 x 45 7/8" - 89.5 x 116.3 cm) by Claude Monet

This is one of the last painting of the Japanese Footbridge by Monet. The bridge is arching over the ponds in his house in Giverny, where the artists painted his water lilies large works.

You can hardly see the bridge behind the heavy but loose brushwork. The palette is heavy with brown and orange colours. It was done when Monet was suffering from cataract.

Details for the museum

The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019-5497

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