The French artist Claude Monet was very fond of writing a pond with water lilies, located in his own garden in the town of Giverny. He painted this pond at different times, from different angles and in any light. Sometimes he had to work in parallel on several images of his pond, as the sun was moving, everything was changing, and the work begun earlier had to be left for the next.
The picture is a small pond, overgrown with water lilies, over which stands a graceful green bridge in the Japanese style. The pond is framed by lush vegetation - in the background there are a lot of trees occupied by purple wisteria, along with sharp arrows sticking sedge on the sides, long willow-hairs moving weeping willows. And, of course, many water lilies grow on the mirror surface of the pond.
Monet painted the canvas with wide and rough strokes, which create the effect of movement - as if we are observing a real landscape with a pond, where a light breeze sways the greenery and wrinkles a perfectly smooth water surface. The artist did not mix paints on the palette, doing it directly on the canvas.
To complete the transfer of landscape colors, Monet used a large number of shades of green and blue, smoothly flowing into each other. Lily petals are not just white in color - you can see glare of pink, blue and purple on them. Thanks to strokes of yellow tones, the canvas is literally illuminated from the inside by bright sunlight.
The Japanese bridge against the backdrop of all this vibrant and living nature does not look like an alien element. The surface of the pond is reflected on its bottom with blue-green glare. Through the density and lushness of the trees in the upper right corner of the picture, the sun's rays break through, reinforcing the impression of airiness and dynamism of the landscape.
February Moscow Region