Monday, November 10, 2008

Monday's Monet Moment

My absolute favorite Monet!
I have a large print of this in my Mommy Room.
"View of the Tuileries"
"Sunflowers"
I love this one because it reminds me of my friend Pam...and it's gorgeous! "Woman & Umbrella"
I also have a framed print of this one too.
I always thought she looked so mysterious...

Claude Monet was a founder and central figure of the 19th century art movement known as Impressionism. Early in his career, Monet painted realistic landscapes, but after the 1870s he focused more on the effect of changing light on everyday objects. Often he painted multiple studies of the same subjects, from train stations and haystacks to the London skyline, the Rouen Cathedral and, most famously, water lilies. During the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71) Monet fled from Paris to England, where he formed friendships with Camille Pisarro, Auguste Renoir and other figures central to Impressionism. He returned to Paris at the end of the war, but ended up settling in Giverny, where he began a long series of paintings of haystacks (or grainstacks) during the 1890s. Monet's Impressionistic paintings sold well and his financial success allowed him to purchase property in Giverny, where he built a large garden that became the subject of his series Water Lilies (1906-26). Monet's scenes have since become some of the most recognized paintings in the world. One of his lily paintings sold in 1998 for around $39 million, and in 2007 "Waterloo Bridge, Temps Couvert" sold at auction for more than $35 million.

Born in Paris, France on November 14, 1840 and died on December 5, 1926.

Do you have children?? Let them create their own "masterpieces" this week and win some cool Toys'R'Us giftcards!! Pop on over to the Raspberry Lemonade blog(http://raspberrylemonadeandmore.blogspot.com/2008/11/thanksgiving-coloring-contest.html ), print out the cool Turkey Page and submit it for their contest!! Great Thanksgiving fun!!

14 comments:

Kristina P. said...

I love Monet! And I've seen several of his pieces at the The Met.

I also got a new blog header, so you should come and check it out!

Michelle said...

Hi Jeannie! Thanks for the kudos! I am now following your blog, can't leave Twilight fans hanging! Hope I get a shot at the cookbook!

Michelle said...

Giving you a shout out on today's blog, stop by later!

Denise said...

Monet is awesome and the sunflower picture is my fav. But you could probably guess that, right? LOL

Vickie said...

Hi Jeannie, did you get snow? It was nice to see the snow. Mary Cassatt, is my favorite. For my french class at college in 1992(Yikes!) i did a paper about her. I had to buy a book about impressionists and it cost me 50 bucks!! I said I would never throw that book away since it costs me so much money. I still have it on my book shelf.

Elizabeth said...

Great post! I love art and I love learning new things! Women with Umbrella always looks kind of sad to me. Is she watching for something? Wandering because she's upset? IDK!

merc3069 said...

I love art! Thanks for this post!

MaBunny said...

Hmm Jeannie, try to get to my blog now... it says anyone is allowed to visit, not sure why it wouldn't let you. Have a great day and those are beautiful pictures!

KDLOST said...

loooove monet!

this is a lovely post.

and ironically, LL has been a painting girl today. we just got her a paintset (her very 1st one!) and she loves it.

cheers!

jubilee said...

My fave of Monet is the one with poppies in a field. Something about the red on green speaks of serenity.

babyrocasmama said...

Monet is my favorite painter as well! I even have the widget. I would have Van Gogh too if the widget wasn't always broken! The impressionistic painters are my absolute faves.

See, we have a lot in common! Oh, I was an Air Force wife for a while. My hub was in the 452nd at March, AFB. He worked on the C-140's & C-141's pneumatics/hydraulics. LOL Military wives!

Mimi said...

Oh gosh, please no grits *shudder*

Obviously I love the sunflowers, but I've always loved the woman with the umbrealla too.

ChicagoLady said...

Wow, what a coincidence, IntenseGuy just did a post about Monet right before you posted yours!

IntenseGuy

Intense Guy said...

Nicely done - The art of the great ones speak to not only us, but to a great many.

Your blog is a work of art.