Claude Monet – Woman with a Parasol -1875

By: Ranjith Daluwatta

Aug 22 2010

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La Promenade, la femme à l’ombrelle”

“I’m working like never and at new attempts, figures in the open air as I understand them, made like landscapes. It is an old ream that still worries me and that I want to fulfill once and for all; but it is hard !”

Claude Monet

he importance of Monet in the history of art is sometimes “forgotten” by the fact that Art lovers tend to see only the overwhelming beauty that emanates from the canvas, ignoring the complex technique and composition of the work ( a “defect” somehow caused by Monet himself, when he declared “I do not understand why people want to understand my paintings, when it is enough to enjoy them). However, Monet’s experiments, including studies on the changes caused by the daylight on an object at different hours of the day, and the almost abstract quality of their “water lilies” are clearly a prologue to the art of the twentieth century.

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