Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.Claude Monet
What artist do you associate the most with color and atmosphere? For me, it’s Claude Monet. I finally made it to Paris and experienced his monumental Water Lillies. These are exquisitely installed at the L’Orangerie as they were meant to be seen. This experience proved to me without a doubt that Monet is the master of color and atmosphere!
Claude Monet was a key figure of the Impressionist movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Rejecting established styles, the Impressionists were a loose group of artists who began experimenting with a brighter palette of pure unblended colors, synthetic paints, sketchy brushwork, and subject matter drawn from their direct observations of nature and of everyday life in and around Paris.
With Water Lilies, Monet anticipates abstract expressionism. These monumental paintings invite subsequent artists to push the boundaries of subject matter — to go beyond the traditional categories of portraits, landscapes, or still life — and signal what is to come in the modern art movement in the United States during the 1940s-50s.
It’s easy to find prints by Claude Monet, but if these works feel a little too familiar and you would like to bring Monet’s sense of color and atmosphere to your home, I suggest you look into the work of Carol Benson-Cobb.
A self-taught artist, Benson-Cobb is a specialist in colorization. Her vision is to create a mood with the art, adding a hint of a landscape or focal point, evoking a feeling of fluidity and emotion. Her skill at creating atmosphere is impressive, and would certainly make Monet proud. Ms. Benson-Cobb has likewise expanded her artistic practice to include textiles and custom furniture. Her work is available on Artsy.net and One King’s Lane.