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Monet- The Art of Impressionism

Updated on June 26, 2014

Impressionist Painter

The water lily was made famous by Claude Monet.. don' you think? When you think of them don't t you think of Monet? I know that I do. Wouldn't you just love to visit Claude Monet's Giverny and stay there forever? Who can blame him for painting the water lilies and dear little bridge that rest there? I have two little children's books describing a visit there by two different little girls. I confess, I feel like a little girl when I think about Giverny and its delicate world.

Claude Monet painted Giverny even while going blind, I would assume it was because its image had already burned inside his heart. Impressionistic painting lends to painting from ones emotions no?


Birth name    Claude Oscar Monet


Born    November 14, 1840

Paris, France
Died    December 5, 1926 (aged 86)
Giverny, France
Nationality    French
Field    Painter
Movement    Impressionism
Famous works    Impression, Sunrise
Rouen Cathedral series
London Parliament series

The image is of Monet's : Water Lilies (detail), 1914-17






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Monet Quotes

Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.


Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.


For me, a landscape does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life - the light and the air which vary continually. For me, it is only the surrounding atmosphere which gives subjects their true value.


I am following Nature without being able to grasp her, I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.


I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.


My life has been nothing but a failure.


No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in his head before painting it, and is sure of his method and composition.


People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it's simply necessary to love.

Claude Monet

Water Lilies

Look at the image below, it is part of a series of paintings of Water lilies, which Impressionist painter Claude Monet created from his garden in Giverny. He would paint at different times of the day to capture the unique natural lighting effects, which are so very prevalent in the South of France.

Water Lilies

Water Lilies
Water Lilies

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"When Does Winter Start? A Flower Fairy Called Out-and When Does Summer End?"

Did you know that flower fairies fret about the seasons? It is logical isn't it? They want to know when Winter will come and Summer ends. There is much planning that they must do, to help their garden flowers make it through.

"When Does Winter Start? A Flower Fairy Called Out-and When Does Summer End?"

When does Winter start?

A fragile fairy

stood against the wind of Fall

and protested its coming.

Day Lily had worried about her timing.

Her flowers

had not been carefully covered

as yet

fore she simply could not accept their sleeping.

She would miss them so

in their repose.

She desperately needed more time

to savour their loveliness

and note their stems green lines.

The clock was surely ticking.

That's what legends and myths


on the surface of her scrapbook

and noted by her

as not to be missed.

Poor little fairy

poor little dear

she wanted her treasures

to last and last


When does Fall start?

Another fairy in the garden sang forth

not realizing it was already there

losing time to gather leaves

to cover her hydrangeas

allowing them to rest

till springtime

the next calendar year.

She had lost track of time

I guess.

With so much to do

a gardens care taking

she exclaimed

was never quite through.

Poor little fairy

poor little dear.

she wanted her treasures

to last and last


Oh! When does Spring start again?

I miss it so!

Said a magical creature with wings.

It seems my fellow angels have been sleeping

as they worried bout the cold sting

that Fall

then Winter brings.

Wake up I say

as little seedlings poke their heads

above the dried up leaves

that had covered them

in their seasonal sleep.

OH! Poor little fairies

poor little dears.

They wanted her treasures

to last and last


When does Summer start?

Tis a flower fairies ball

as they dance on clouds like feathers

and send their secret calls.

Butterflies and honey bees

dragonflies and ladybugs

all decorate their days

for flowers fairies to cheer

and love.

Sunshiny smiles

from every human child

as they chime along with the magic

of a flowers faeries call.

And then?

It all begins again.

For another spring winged creature

frets along the creek

saying when should I start planning for Winter

and oh when will Summer then end?

Tis such a pitiful rhyme

for a fairy counting time

and drumming up the courage to say

when is the last day

of Summer?

And oh, oh my

poor little fairies

poor little dears

Who only wanted their treasures

to last and last


Copyright 2009

by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

Photo is by Dennis G Magnusen

copyright 2009

Linnea in Monet's Garden


I collect children's books most especially for their illustrations, but when I come across one that has both a wonderful tale as well as good illustrations that catch my eye.. well wow, I am double blessed!


Linnea in Monet's Garden (Linnea Books)
Linnea in Monet's Garden (Linnea Books)

I own this little book. It is a charming tale of Linnea, a dear little girl who goes to visit Monet's garden. It is written with such delightful charm you feel as if you are this little girl, experiencing the delights of finding a glorious treasure which is Monet's art. Written by Christina Bjork and illustrated by Lena Anderson.. I promise this lovely tale will delight and educate you at the same time. And do you know what else? You can read and/or give it to a child and they will be equally as blessed by it.


Aquatic Plants - Waterlilies By Tauqeer Ul Hassan

Of all the aquatic plants that grow in our ponds, it is the waterlily that epitomizes the subject to many people. To my mind there are few plants -aquatic or land-based - to compare with the pure exotic pleasure that a succession of waterlily flowers can bring.

Fortunately for waterliliophiles like me, there are plenty of varieties to choose from; the sad thing is that the majority of them grow too big for the small ponds that most of us possess today. It is for this reason that in the early 1900s the French hybridist Latour-Marliac, amongst others, devoted himself to the creation of newer and better miniature or dwarf varieties, many of which are classed under the category known as the Pygmaea hybrids. Tragically, he took much of his crossbreeding data with him to his grave, but at least he left us with a fabulous range of small and compact varieties, even if the plant parentage of most of them is not fully known.

The pygmy waterlilies are excellent for sinks, troughs or ponds where the water is no deeper than 30cm (12in). Most will grow contentedly in just 10cm (4in) of water, or even in the deeper marginal shelves of a larger pond.

There are really just two notes of caution when it comes to growing these small and compact varieties. The first concerns the likelihood of the plants freezing in winter: despite being hardy, the plants grow in very shallow water which, in the harshest of winters, can freeze solid. The plants should, therefore, be provided with sufficient depth to ensure that the rhizomes remain unfrozen during the coldest spells. Ii this is not possible, they should be protected, either by draining the pool in autumn, and then covering the lily with thick straw, or by lifting the plant in mid-autumn and keeping it in water in a frost-free place until planting time again.

The second warning is not so serious for the plant, but by ignoring it you could be forfeiting some excellent color, with resultant substandard plants. Small waterlilies are perfect for growing in contained water features, such as a barrel, tub or sink, but there is a temptation for many of us to fit a small ornamental fountain, or a regular drip-drip feature of some kind. All waterlilies, of whatever size, dislike moving water around their leaves and stems (which suppresses flowering), and this problem can be exacerbated in a container.

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About Inspiration

Claude Monet was inspired over and over by the same garden which he called Giverny. Do you think that is possible for you? To find inspiration in something you see everyday?

Is it possible FOR YOU to find inspiration in something you see everyday?

Yes, and here is why...

Yes, and here is why...

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    • SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      I have visited Giverny several times and can understand that inspiration so well.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes it is easy to find inspiration in things I see everyday. Gardens are ever changing colors with the seasons, with lots of nice surprises along the way.

    • goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      yes, i look at things differently. i see the sun shining brightly today and i took some photos. i thought maybe i could use these photos someday in one of my lenses.

    • Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK


    • Saachi LM 8 years ago

      I find inspiration in everything in nature... I see inspiration when I communicate with my beloved Llasa Apso, and I see the same when I see leaves and branches of trees swaying by the winds, and I see inspiration in seeing myself actualy.. - my face when I look at myself in a mirror, my body, and how I feel and wonder why I think what I think...........

    • Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      I find inspiration in my children, the A Walk in the Woods and the friends I meet both in my neighborhood as well as online.

    No, and here is why...

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          SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

          Before we went to live in Paris he was just a name as far as I was concerned. Then I found out, and I've benn a Monet-lover ever since.

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          Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

          I love Monet. When I get "lost" in an art museum, my family knows to just look for the Money exhibit and they will find me :)

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          goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

          i came back to share some squidangel blessings and i am starting from the last.

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          kathysart 5 years ago

          @anonymous: Wow.. THANK YOU!!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Monet's painting are in themselves are inspiring. He is one of the world's great masterpiece painters. Kathy, did you know that there are Monet coloring books? They could make a nice addition to this lens for people who want to re-create their own Monet. :)

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          goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

          nice lens about claude monet. i like the water lilies, vivid colors of blue. i remember vincent van gogh with his starry nights.

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          Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

          Nice lens, I like Monet's works. 5***** I actually took a photo of some swans in some water lilies on the River Thames some years ago, and the camera was on the wrong setting, so it superimposed two pictures on each other. The result was very Monet'ish and quite impressive to look at. No idea where the photo is now unfortunately.

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          Saachi LM 8 years ago

          I truly enjoy your lens. Thank you, Kathy. I rated wonderful 5 Star!

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          Senora M 8 years ago

          Cool lens! I have seen some Monet, but not recently. I enjoy art, but it isn't my passion... FREE Samples and Freebies

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          Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

          The Tadpoles have been out in the rain looking for something new to do for Recess. Your great lens has given them some great ideas.

          Favored and 5 Stars!