The art movement known as Impressionism produced many notable artists. The greatest of them all, I daresay, was Claude Monet (1840 – 1926). The founder of French Impressionism, Monet executed colour on canvas as a ballet dancer would perform on stage: with energy, precision and nimbleness. He is famous for his Water Lilies series, but his marine paintings are no less marvellous. Indeed, they mesmerise.

 

The giant of Impressionism

Countless pages have been devoted by art critics and art historians to Monet. The following video does not paint a complete picture of the artist and his life. However, it provides some interesting snippets about the man and his place in the history of Impressionist art.

A glimpse of Monet’s marine art

One can spend hours looking at the marine paintings of Monet. He created so many, and some are so captivating they can put the viewer in a kind of spell. I present here only a few works, all of which exemplify Monet’s mastery of colour and his ability to render light at different times of the day with a touch of magic. Call them impressions by the artist, but they are impressions that leave a permanent mark.

The Thames below Westminster, 1871, by Claude Monet

The Port of Le Havre, Night Effect, 1873, by Claude Monet

The Havre, the trade bassin, 1874, by Claude Monet

The Pyramids, Cliffs at Belle-Ile, 1881, by Claude Monet

Sunset, Foggy Weather, Pourville, 1882, by Claude Monet

Charing Cross Bridge, 1899, by Claude Monet

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