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Monet and the Lady in the Garden

Updated on April 4, 2010
     Lady in the Garden           Claude Monet             1840-1926
Lady in the Garden Claude Monet 1840-1926

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One afternoon as my husband and I went to the nearby gardens in Russia. There was a fantastic atmosphere, just like in Antonioni's film, Blow-Up, where the main character finds himself absorbed in the hissing sound of wind-shaken leaves in the park. I stepped up to the shadow of a tree and was just standing there observing the unbearably bright landscape. Sparkling fountains, children on pretty benches and everywhere the green shining grass. And it happened.


How often we hear, this or that man is great, his legacy is precious, he discovered new lands, wrote tons of poetry. In most cases, we don't think much about that person at all, yet we are compelled to repeat the banality about their greatness.

When I lifted my eyes I saw treetops bathed in sunlight. And that tableau tallied with another one in my mind, it was like a still picture overlapped another. Yes, that's it! “The Lady in the Garden”, by Claude Monet, the first impressionist. You see the same fresh light playing on the leaves as if you're standing right there, in a Paris garden in 1867. I was amazed. I had always kind of liked Monet and impressionists in general but never really thought much about them.

The Japanese Bridge
The Japanese Bridge

 

Before I followed someone else's words and now I understood it sincerely. It gave me the inclination therefore, not being an art critic, to talk about the painting with my own heart. I see now how the Impressionists changed the mood of paintings and brought sunshine in. Yes, you can admire precise drawing and social bearing in old school paintings but rarely did they touch you at a first glance with their colors. For example, Raphael or Brueghel - you can examine the thin trees in the distance or small seemingly unimportant figures on the landscape, but it's so unreal, you're consciously in a different world. Impressionists not only captured real scenes but also enabled us to feel these real places, believe them with our sensations rather than mind.
Later I was privileged to see this same painting at the Hermitage in all it‘s glory. And it brought my emotions back. In fact I bought an oil-painted copy of it and now it hangs in our living room.

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    MonetteforJack 

    6 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

    It happened to me, too ... seeing nature as similar as a Monet's painting. Alas! Am not as artistic as my namesake. It was good to read about Monet again; it refreshed my admiration of his art. Thanks.

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR

    ladyjane1 

    7 years ago from Texas

    SweetMarie thanks for reading and commenting it is much appreciate. Cheers to you.

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    Marie Landry 

    7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Beautiful hub. I love hearing about how art touches people in different ways. I love Monet. :-)

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    epigramman 

    8 years ago

    I love the work of Monet very much .... in particular his water lilies ..... and with your passion, intelligence and research ... this is a perfect hub!

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR

    ladyjane1 

    8 years ago from Texas

    Thank you MFB I love Museums as well. Cheers.

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    MFB III 

    8 years ago from United States

    Whenever I am truly feeling unispired I take a subway trip to the art museum and walk reverently through the visions of the masters, spattered and stroked in oil colors that I peruse with joy and find muses hidden in each view. Lovely write~~~MFB III

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR

    ladyjane1 

    8 years ago from Texas

    Amanda thanks so much for reading and commenting about my hub, I would love to read your hub as well and I look forward to it. I appreciate you visiting.

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    Amanda Severn 

    8 years ago from UK

    Hi ladyjane, Monet is one of my favourites too, and I featured his Japanese bridge in one of my hubs. I love Impressionist art, and in a way, this loose style of painting captures far more atmosphere than a more photographic style.

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR

    ladyjane1 

    8 years ago from Texas

    agvulpes thanks for stopping by appreciate your kind words and yes the japanese garden is great. He was amazing. Cheers.

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    Peter 

    8 years ago from Australia

    ladyjane1, lovely hub and a great tribute to Monet, I'm another who did not know about the operation?

    Thanks for an enjoyable read and my favorite Monet is his painting of the bridge :-)

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR

    ladyjane1 

    8 years ago from Texas

    Thanks Guy for reading and your kind comment.

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    Chen 

    8 years ago

    Great Hub and i love Claude Monet.

    Gave you a thumb up for this one :-)

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR

    ladyjane1 

    8 years ago from Texas

    thanks habee Im glad you enjoyed it. He was wonderful. Cheers.

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    Holle Abee 

    8 years ago from Georgia

    Great hub! Monet is one of my favorites!

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR

    ladyjane1 

    8 years ago from Texas

    Thank you nikki1

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    nikki1 

    8 years ago

    incredible artwork :)

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR

    ladyjane1 

    8 years ago from Texas

    Thank you tony for your feedback is always appreciated. And there probably isn't anything that DeGreek doesn't know..shh don't tell him. His head is already big enough lol. Cheers.

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    Tony McGregor 

    8 years ago from South Africa

    I really enjoyed this read. Also enjoyed De Greek's comment about the effect of the cataract op. Who would have thought it?

    Love and peace

    Tony

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR

    ladyjane1 

    8 years ago from Texas

    Thanks for visiting De Greek and thanks for sharing such an interesting detail about Monet. Wouldn't it be brilliant to see colors not normally visible to the human eye? CHeers.

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    De Greek 

    8 years ago from UK

    Look at the colours of the Lady and then look at the Japanese Bridge colours. The latter was painted after his cataract operation, which in those days was a primitive procedure, involving the removal of the eye “lens”. This allowed him to see colours not normally visible to the human eye :-)

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR

    ladyjane1 

    8 years ago from Texas

    Thank you sandyspider appreciate your feedback

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    Sandy Mertens 

    8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

    Beautiful paintings.

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR

    ladyjane1 

    8 years ago from Texas

    Micky sounds like you have a poet in your soul. Thanks for reading as always. CHeers.

    @Pop you are always welcome and so are your opinions and thoughts. Blessings.

    @Tammy I think I know which ballerina painting you refer to, yes Monet was an amazing artist. Thanks for reading. Cheers.

    @Moulik I appreciate your feedback very much and thanks for visiting. Cheers.

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR

    ladyjane1 

    8 years ago from Texas

    Caliber you describe your thoughts so well and they are appreciated thanks for always reading.

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    Moulik Mistry 

    8 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

    Excellent writing, I very much admire Monet works...

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    Tammy Lochmann 

    8 years ago

    Oh yes and Degas is one of my favorites also.

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    Tammy Lochmann 

    8 years ago

    Monet is definitely one of my favorites...My screensaver on my laptop is a Monet ballerina...I admire his paintings because they draw me in and I can't help wondering what his mood was when he created some of those paintings. I like the Gershwin music that accompanies the video very appropriate.

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    breakfastpop 

    8 years ago

    I love Monet and I thoroughly enjoyed your hub and your selection of his art.

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    Micky Dee 

    8 years ago

    Thanks LadyJ! It's a very great day,

    To tour the art of Monet.

    He seemed powered by Diesel,

    The way he could fill an easel!

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    50 Caliber 

    8 years ago from Arizona

    ladyjane1, I liked your description of and leading into the sudden realization of what you were seeing in contrast to the Monet. When you made reference to the banality of other folks statements my mind flashed to a vision of a trip to the California vineyards for a wine tasting that I was invited to.(by someone who didn't know me to well, as I was thinking "cool free booze!) It was the vision of folks swirling and almost mockingly repeating each other as they spit out perfectly good alcohol. I got the feeling none really had a clue what it was they were tasting, I was thinking "a couple bottles of this crap I could get used to it".

    I got introduced to the impressionists in college against my will both in paintings as well as era music. Both of which surprisingly I found enjoyable even if they were required courses to obtain a piece of paper that I never used. Thank you for a well written piece that reminded me of the days when I suddenly realized that some things in life must be seen or heard for ones self for a true realization of what it is. We all seem to have a pre-drawn conclusion when it comes to certain things.

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR

    ladyjane1 

    8 years ago from Texas

    Ann thank you hope you had a wonderful Easter. I appreciate that you enjoyed my hub. Cheers.

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    Ann Nonymous 

    8 years ago from Virginia

    Very well done. It was nice knowing the background of monets paintings! Good job,ladyjane!

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR

    ladyjane1 

    8 years ago from Texas

    Sage you are too kind. Thanks so much for always reading and being a wonderful presence on my hubs. Blessings.

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    Sage Williams 

    8 years ago

    So beautifully written, your words are still resonating. You have chosen some of my favorite paintings.

    Great Job,

    Sage

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR

    ladyjane1 

    8 years ago from Texas

    Thank you msorensson for reading my hub. You are always welcome. Blessings.

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    msorensson 

    8 years ago

    You are so right..almost everyone loves Monet..

    Thank you, great hub!!

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR

    ladyjane1 

    8 years ago from Texas

    Kendall thank you I don't think that I have ever met anyone that didn't like Monet. Thanks for reading.

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    Kendall H. 

    8 years ago from Northern CA

    I love Monet! My favorites are the waterlilies and sunset. Nice hub!

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR

    ladyjane1 

    8 years ago from Texas

    thanks coolmon I always appreciate your feedback. Cheers.

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    Coolmon2009 

    8 years ago from Texas, USA

    I appreciate the works of Monet a lot, and I like your selection of pictures - Good article :)

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